Susu collectors are one of the oldest financial services in Africa. Based largely in Ghana and Nigeria, they visit clients on a regular basis (often daily), collecting very small deposits over the course of a month. This post examines a Ghanaian susu solution which involves a POS device which prints a receipt for the customer and transmits the information back to the susu company’s home office IS system for real-time reconciliation.
There's been a great deal of excitement over the last few years regarding the potential for mobile money to solve a host of development problems. An increasing number of post-conflict countries are all experimenting with or thinking about mobile money implementations. In addition to the normal issues and challenges facing policymakers and service providers, post-conflict and post-disaster countries face additional problems that merely serve to exacerbate the overall challenges with mobile money.