Imani Needs Your Help to Provide Banking Facilities to the Unbanked People
Imani wants to give world’s unbanked citizens a way to store their money. They are raising money on Indiegogo for this purpose. Recently, I caught up with Heidi Metz to learn more about the effort; here’s what she told me:
What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?
Imani is a bank for the 2.5 unbanked citizens of our world. At Imani, we want to alleviate poverty. We want to fight corruption. To reduce inequality. To provide financial infrastructure and education. To enable people just like us, to fulfill their own dreams.
All humans are created equal, and security should not be a privilege. Imani will provide hope, resources, and equality to those less fortunate and give them the financial freedom the developed world takes for granted.
How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?
Imani launched an Indiegogo campaign this morning at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/imani-banking4good/x/12350128#/ for $500K in 30 days. $27.3K has been donated in the last 3 hrs.
The $500K will result in our finished mobile banking technology, with a goal of completing the development in 4 months! The stretch goal is $2M+, which would enable Imani to scale up for the pilot countries, integrate with partner banks, finalize partnerships, secure storage, and go LIVE – beginning to transform lives.
Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?
Imagine payday has arrived! After waiting in line for several hours, you’re finally paid, in cash. Then you begin the walk home. Past the locals who will “save” your money for a 20% fee. Past those who may take your money against your will. Past the villagers and friends, who ask you to give to one of their needs, and you are culturally required to help. And the risks won’t end once you make it home.
These are the Unbanked. 2.5B people have NO access to banking. They have no way to protect or save their money. Indian, African, Latin, Eastern European, Asian, and many other cultures, send home the majority of their paycheck, which costs them a fee of 18% -40%!
Imani believes that is unjust.
Imani’s patented mobile bank is safe, secure, and treats the causes of poverty with only a 1% flat fee, anywhere in the world. Using a new, push system, Imani provides a fraud free, irreversible, mobile, banking system. At Imani, we deliver a real-time receipt of funds, without transferring any account or phone numbers.
What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?
One-of-a-kind photographed greeting cards and canvas prints of the people supporters will be helping, prototype walk-through’s with Imani CEO, opportunity to join in an Advisory Board meeting to hear other world-changers, and exclusive trip to attend a launch ceremony on-location in one of the pilot countries in Africa.
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