ANZ Fiji’s Rural Banking Project: Banking on Social Capital and Trust

In Fiji, close to 340,000 people living in rural villages and settlements do not have access to banking services. UNDP and ANZ Bank partnered to devise viable and innovative commercial banking services, supported by a financial literacy training programme. The investment comprises a fleet of 6 mobile banks that travel on a regular schedule to 150 designated rural villages and settlements. The ability to change the mandated proof of identify required to open a bank account enabled ANZ Bank to offer products such as loans and savings accounts to those communities who lacked official documentation. In the first 5 months of operation, 17,000 women, men and school children are beginning to save regularly and over 1,500 villagers have acquired valuable money management skills. The bank is currently expanding its operations to reach 140,000 clients.

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