Jumo Wins US$150k Third Annual Mastercard Foundation Clients at the Centre Prize
The Mastercard Foundation presented its Clients at the Centre Prize to South African financial services marketplace company Jumo
Accra, Ghana 8 November 2017:
The Mastercard Foundation today presented its third annual Clients at the Centre Prize to Jumo. The US$150,000 prize recognises the innovative work of the South African-based company as a large-scale, low-cost financial services marketplace that serves low-income people.
The Prize highlights best practices in financial services where client satisfaction is a priority. Close to 100 financial service companies around the world submitted entries to the competition. An international panel of judges selected three finalists who presented to the audience at the 2017 Symposium on Financial Inclusion in Accra, Ghana.
The 400-person audience then voted for the world’s most impactful and sustainable financial service provider that puts “clients at the centre” of its thinking and operations for the benefit of low-income people in developing countries. The award is to be used to expand or reinforce client-centric practices within the winning organisation.
After being awarded the Prize, Buhle Goslar, Director of Customer Intelligence at Jumo said, “For anybody in a customer function, this is probably the most exciting prize to win because of the people who are voting for it. They really know about customer centricity; for them to vote for us is a great acknowledgement of the work that we’ve been doing.”
The Mastercard Foundation believes that banks and other financial service providers in developing countries should focus more on the needs and expectations of people living in poverty. Putting these clients at the centre of the design of new financial products and services helps bring them into the formal banking system, improving their livelihoods and their ability to plan for the future.
“The Symposium on Financial Inclusion (SoFI) has focused on client centricity for the past five years,” said Ann Miles, Director of Financial Inclusion at the Mastercard Foundation. “We are thrilled to award this year’s prize to Jumo for its exemplary work of putting clients at the centre of its business model. As we reflect on the past five years of SoFI, it is more important now than ever before to recognise companies such as Jumo and encourage them to continue providing access to financial products for those who need it most.”
“We are thrilled to award this year’s prize to Jumo for its exemplary work of putting clients at the centre of its business model. As we reflect on the past five years of SoFI, it is more important now than ever before to recognise companies such as Jumo and encourage them to continue providing access to financial products for those who need it most.”
Ann Miles, Director of Financial Inclusion, Mastercard Foundation