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  • Community-based Savings Groups (CBSGs) offer an effective means to meet the needs of those too poor or too remote to access services from banks or microfinance institutions.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
Financial inclusion

The Aga Khan Development Network is promoting financial inclusion through financial literacy training and supporting savings groups in Arua and Yumbe, two predominantly rural districts in Uganda’s West Nile region.


A community-based savings group in Arua district holds its weekly meeting.
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AKDN / Gillian Avako

Aga Khan Foundation launched a financial inclusion project in the West Nile region of Uganda in 2015, in partnership with Financial Sector Deepening, Uganda (FSDU), the Community Organization for Rural Enterprise Activity Management (CREAM), a local civil society organisation, and Diamond Trust Bank. The project’s aim is to link community-based savings groups in remote parts of Arua and Yumbe to formal banking institutions, allowing them to protect their savings, plan longer-term investments and better withstand economic shocks. The project is expected to benefit 800 savings groups, comprising 20,000 members.