As I get older (or wiser, the kind souls around me might say), I often find myself pausing to think about things we take for granted. Where in the world did the milk in my cereal come from? Who grew the beans that created the dark roast flavor of my coffee? Do they know it’s …
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Imagine that you’re a business owner whose day-to-day running of the business depends on depositing and pulling out funds on a regular basis. But because you are located fifty miles away from the nearest bank, you spend a considerable part of your life traveling for miles just to do a simple transaction. Not only is …
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It was 2015 and I had just moved back to Nigeria from New York after years working as a travel writer. Surprisingly, life in Nigeria wasn’t as different as I imagined – thanks to the internet. For the first month I was able to stream music and movies from global companies, ride share and shop …
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Washington, D.C., April 26, 2018 – Mastercard and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today bolstered their partnership to drive financial inclusion, updating a $250 million global risk-sharing facility to expand access to electronic payments in emerging markets. Electronic payments help underserved people and small businesses more fully participate in the formal economy. …
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New Fund Will Help People, Businesses Prosper in the Digital Economy PURCHASE, N.Y. – April 10, 2018 – Mastercard today reported its initial $100 million contribution to the Center for Inclusive Growth Fund, part of a $500 million commitment to support initiatives that focus on long-term economic growth for everyone. The company first announced these …
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