Linking for Change Signatories

  1. Accenture
  2. Barclays
  3. VISA
  4. MicroVentures Finance Group
  5. CARE International
  6. PLAN UK
  7. International Rescue Committee
  8. Freedom from Hunger
  9. World Vision Australia
  10. The SEEP Network
  11. Airtel Money Africa
  12. The MasterCard Foundation
  13. Fidelity Bank Ghana
  14. Grameen Foundation
  15. Postbank Uganda
  16. Opportunity Bank Uganda
  17. World Vision International
  18. Hand in Hand International
  19. AB Bank Zambia
  20. Africare Zambia
  21. International Development Enterprises (iDE Zambia)
  22. National Saving and Credit Bank (NATSAVE Zambia)
  23. We Effect Zambia
  24. Zambia National Building Society
  25. VisionFund International
  26. UNCDF
  27. MEDA Ghana
  28. Kenya Education Management Institute
  29. Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development
  30. Akiba Commercial Bank
  31. ALIDé

Sarah's story

Sarah Mutanda, a 23 year old farmer from Uganda
© Jon Spaull / Banking on change

Sarah Mutanda, a 23-year-old farmer from Uganda © Jon Spaull / Banking on change

“It has empowered us, especially the ladies, to do business. I am able to earn a living. I can provide for my family, and my husband no longer has to provide everything.”

Read Sarah's story
"This is the sort of thing that banking should be doing - it's about real people, taking out real loans, to do real things. Thank you to Barclays, Plan and CARE, and to the community for all you are doing. This sends out a great message to Tanzania, and to all of Africa."
Former US President Bill Clinton
"[Banking on Change's] core principles are simplicity, trust, responsibility and integrity. It starts with saving, rather than credit. Just as the bank crash occurred on a tide of testosterone, the new wave of banking is female-led and cautious. But its most radical feature is that it is happening among the world's poorest, the once unbankables."
Editor of the London Evening Standard Sarah Sands
"Linking informal savings to formal banking creates both social and commercial benefits. It has the potential to transform the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people, while at the same time, enabling us to support more customers and grow our business."
Barclays Group Chief Executive Antony Jenkins
"One of the most significant things we've learnt from this partnership is that we can't fulfil the scale of this ambition alone. We need further collaboration between banks, NGOs, governments and technology providers. That's why we're calling for input and support to establish international principles for savings-led financial inclusion..."
President and CEO of CARE USA Dr. Helene Gayle
"Here at Plan, we recently reached the one million members mark for our savings groups worldwide. Banking on Change, our partnership with Barclays and CARE, has been a vital and flagship project. We believe that young people must have better access to trusted financial services if they are to develop, but with so many people still lacking access to banking solutions, it is a problem that we must solve together..."
CEO of Plan International Nigel Chapman