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Thousands of Kenyan Single Mothers, Widows Use Mobile Money to Escape Poverty

Almost 200,000 Kenyan households, many headed by poor, rural women, have lifted themselves out of poverty using mobile money services, experts said Thursday, calling for the technology to be introduced in other developing countries. The impact was most dramatic among single mothers who used M-Pesa, a text message-based mobile payment system, after switching from farming to business and retail sales, the journal Science found. "What we saw over six years was impressive,"...

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