Financial Inclusion Senior Associate
KPMG East Africa IDAS
8 years ago, Grace ventured into the corporate world under a graduate trainee program with one of the top regional banks in East Africa. “I expected to be a classic banker- wearing suits to work, rocking 6-inch heels and talking forwards, LCs and forex deals”. This according to her did not happen, well, at least not all of it. Her typical day involved riding a motorcycle to help micro-traders and assist small-holder farmers open savings account. In a surprising twist, she fell in love with the power simple financial products had to drastically change a person’s life as she witnessed low-income clients grow their businesses and improve the overall quality of their lives.
Years later she joined KPMG’s financial inclusion unit at IDAS. This solidified her passion for the development sector. The experience of helping to develop solutions that would potentially reach a large proportion of the excluded market with obvious benefits is very exhilarating.
“At KPMG IDAS, I have come full circle. I am working with donors and funders to support financial and non-financial institutions, to better serve the unbanked and under banked segments. With access to a variety of tools to manage their finances, low-income people get the ability to focus more on their economic activities and improve their social lives. For me, coming to work daily is an opportunity to make this happen.”