Co-authored with Kevin Rejko
How can AI be beneficial to shopkeepers? We provide four lessons for training computer vision models to support shops by enabling shopkeepers to gather real-time data and use business tools to enhance their business management. Learn more.
Tips for communicating with and helping agents through a messaging service
How do you support mobile money agents through a WhatsApp micro-consulting group? Read our insights on using a messaging service for business value addition.
Certain behaviors can help providers unmask a business’ readiness for financing
Financial service providers should focus on a business’s readiness for financing when considering what type of financial services to offer. Michelle Hassan explains why it’s important to distinguish between two business types: side hustles and livelihoods. Learn what FSPs should look out for.
Micro-consulting to Provide MSMEs with Practical Advice
At FIBR, we’re interested in the promise of micro-consulting, a new way of offering practical advice and know-how to address the specific challenges and aspirations small merchants face through a digital messaging channel. These micro-consulting services can be used by small merchants when they need in small, discrete blocks of time. Through digital delivery, the service can be availed at lower cost and over a larger scale than traditional consulting services. Read our post on providing business support to small merchants over WhatsApp.
An Immersive Experience with Informal Retailers in Africa
Produced and Developed by: Abi Steinberg, Videographer and Director: Adam Wiseman
FIBR's first #VR video from the field, filmed in 360 degrees, provides a closer look into the lives of two informal retailers from Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. This video invites you into their world, transporting you thousands of miles away and capturing their existence as lifelines in communities. These businesses provide critical products and services and are representative of thousands of small shops around Africa. Learn more
The FIBR program seeks to leverage the fact that smartphone ownership is increasing, and that the adoption of these mini computers opens up a world of new data that was previously invisible - locked in paper ledgers or in the minds of small business owners and sales agents.
For this reason, Sokowatch and FIBR jointly developed a smartphone-enabled solution for ordering goods and accessing credit. Read about the key barriers to smartphone adoption by merchants in their businesses. http://bfa.works/three-barriers-to-smartphone-readiness
Watch our video about our partnership with Sokowatch