An increasing number of Ugandan farmers are now able to instantly send and receive money as they engage in their agricultural activities because of mobile money services. These services have penetrated rural areas, where over three in 10 adults (34%) now have active financial accounts. Overall, four in 10 (39%) Ugandans have financial services accounts, with mobile money leading the way to financial inclusion, as more than a third of adults (35%) have mobile money accounts.
Of Uganda’s 35 million people, 84% live in rural areas and nearly 8 million of them are poor. Expanding access to mobile money services is helping to facilitate much-needed financial security, enabling individuals to pursue educational opportunities and maintain their livelihoods without relying on friends or family.