Hysab Kytab Boosts Women’s Digital Financial Inclusion througha a Grant from Karandaaz Pakistan

KARACHI: Under a grant from Karandaaz Pakistan, Hysab Kytab’s application saw a 27% increase in conversion rate of the offered financial products in its women consumers. Karandaaz Pakistan, with funding from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is running a digital experiments program and provided a grant to Hysab Kytab to generate insights and use data-driven design interventions in order to increase adoption as well as engagement of digital financial services (DFS) among women, a segment that is often underserved in this arena.

With the support of Karandaaz, Hysab Kytab was able to test gender-inclusive design iterations, offer relevant DFS to women, create targeted content, and determine the effects of those changes on the uptake by female users in Pakistan. The activity showed that the on-boarding success rate for females went up by 7 percent, while user acquisition cost went down by 40%.

By employing inclusive-design principles and sharing its learnings in a detailed report, Hysab Kytab has provided key tools that empowers digital providers to build products and services that are more palatable for women and generates revenues from them.

Commenting on this development, Head of Hysab Kytab, Mr. Yasir Ilyas asserted; “Women form a relatively small chunk of the population that is part of the formal financial landscape. This ultimately translates to them having less access to resources which can allow them to become more productive members of the society both in terms of economic contributions as well as added support to their families. At Hysab Kytab, we wanted to address the challenge and this digital experiment in collaboration with Karandaaz was a step that we took in this direction. The results speak for themselves and open avenues for further development of this initiative in the future.”

Rehan Akhtar, Chief Digital Officer of Karandaaz stated; “The overarching goal of Karandaaz’s Digital Experiments Program is to collect the learnings within Pakistan’s context through these experiments and share the insights with other technology brands, enabling them to build DFS specifically for women. This particular experiment with Hysab Kytab gauged the impact of gender-inclusive design and experience interventions in the mobile application on the adoption and retention of the app by women as well as on the uptake of the DFS in general.”

This grant program is an ongoing activity of Karandaaz Pakistan and interested DFS providers such as mobile money operators, fintech, and startups working in the realm of DFS can apply at any time through Karandaaz website https://bit.ly/3e4BKIQ.

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