• 2012 Experimenting with concepts for Sevak Solutions' next ventures
  • 2009 Continued acceleration in financial and non-financial sectors
  • 2008 Partnered with IFC to establish its mobile financial service business
  • 2007 Began providing acceleration services to emerging market companies
  • 2006 Developed consulting arm to address growing demand
  • 2005 Demonstrated client demand and uptake for agent services during pilots
  • 2003 Defined architecture for next generation financial service delivery to the poor
  • 2002 Led consortium to address challenges of scale in microfinance delivery
  • CHALLENGE: Develop partnerships and solutions to deliver financial services to Kenya’s poorest
    FSD Kenya, a financial sector deepening initiative, and CGAP partnered together to entice companies to develop innovative solutions for the delivery of financial services to Kenya’s homeless, vulnerable children, residents of drought stricken areas, and other of the poorest in the country. Sevak Solutions, along with Paynet Kenya and the Kenya Commercial Bank, responded to the challenge and agreed to share investment risks with the funding partners. In May 2007, the Sevak Solutions Consortium was awarded a $400,000 matching grant to test their ideas.
    SEVAK SOLUTIONS: Creating, Delivering, and Managing a Public/Private Partnership
    Paynet Kenya, a successful financial service provider, wanted to extend its business beyond its ATM-based offerings. The company was interested in reducing the risk of going it alone as it attempted to enter harder to reach areas with an unproven technology. In response, Sevak Solutions conceptualized a collaboration that helped FSD Kenya, CGAP, and Paynet achieve their respective objectives. Sevak Solutions identified Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) as a third partner, strategized with both Paynet and KCB about their solutions, and served as project lead. Sevak Solutions is also the project’s fiscal agent.
    RESULTS:
    • Successfully brought together collaboration partners in banking and technology to meet the requirements of the Social Protection Payments Challenge (SPP)
    • Sevak Solutions Consortium awarded $400,000 as a matching grant from FSD Kenya, a DFID initiative, and CGAP, a World Bank initiative
    • Worked with its partners to develop POS technology, agent models, financial products, and other deliverables to achieve SPP phase 1 objectives
    • Responded with Expression of Interest (EOI) to bid for Kenyan governments tender, now awaiting outcome of tender process
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