Benin is a small country characterized by its sizeable informal economy and the substantial share of GDP generated by the agricultural sector. Poverty remains high, especially outside urban areas and one third of the Beninese live below the national poverty line. The agriculture sector is working to maximize its potential through increasing the level of processing of agricultural products. In this context, and in the absence of a national strategy to further financial inclusion, our tools help understand the key role played by MFIs to meet the populations’ needs and the rising potential of mobile agents. These tools provide a view onto more than 1,200 financial service provider (FSP) locations as well as a series of socioeconomic data such as poverty rates, population density, and mobile phone usage, which will help to identify the more promising channels for reaching rural areas.

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