2 words. That's all it takes to leave a club with 2.5 billion people. (I'm sure you can't guess.)

There are lots of types of inclusion. Here's one kind that's often overlooked.

Two words worth learning about: financial inclusion. What is it?

Well, let's talk about Constance.


Hi, Constance!

Lovely family you've got there.

For an animated character, Constance is really important. She represents the 2.5 billion people in the world who are not financially included. That means she doesn't have a bank account for her savings.

She doesn't have a payment service to transfer money.

Nor does have access to a secure loan.

For Constance — and those other 2.5 billion people — financial inclusion means having access to services that allow her to save money, make secure payments, and take out loans from a reliable, reputable source.

And one way that's now being achieved is through payment technologies: secure cards and mobile phones. Granted, these innovations are not going to solve everything, but they're empowering people like Constance to engage in society with more freedom and security.

But don't take my word for it. Here's Constance:

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