Grace Majara

Grace Majara

Role: Senior Advisor – Financial Inclusion

Team: Women's Economic Empowerment team

Profile:

Prior to joining CARE International UK as Senior Advisor – Financial Inclusion, I led the Women and Youth Financial Inclusion programme for CARE International in Uganda where I provided strategic direction and leadership for a number of financial inclusion, enterprise development and market access programmes.

I championed the Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) methodology and took it to scale for CARE Uganda and across the region. I have over 18 years experience in developing and implementing financial inclusion and innovative solutions that includes VSLA programming, digital technology, financial literacy and linkages, enterprise development and value chain programming.

Through my work, I have partnered with banks, microfinance institutions, mobile network operators and others in the private sector to adapt financial services to meet the needs of poor and marginalised people, especially women and youth, and have been involved in creating and co-creating innovative solutions, including digital solutions, to bring financial inclusion to previously unreached communities.

Blog posts

The number of women in the world who still lack access to formal financial services stands at 1 billion. While this figure is going down, the discrimination that women face compared to men, in terms of their access to and control over loans,