In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, rebuilding homes and livelihoods is a top priority for families affected by the storm. And we are scaling up our response to help communities in the country’s most remote locations recover and move forward.
Much of the country’s population, which covers an expanse of 7,000 islands, lacks access to a traditional brick-and-mortar banking system that could offer them local financial help. Mobile banking is a direct way to provide these vulnerable families with the cash assistance they need to get back on their feet.
In the Western, Central and Eastern Visayas regions of the Philippines — some of the hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan — we’ve launched a mobile money program in partnership with BPI Globe BanKO, the country’s first mobile-based bank.
Since 2010 we have been working with BanKO to build the mobile banking program to be an efficient, secure solution to give poor families in remote areas access to financial opportunities.
Nino Francisco and his family experienced the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, but were able to buy the supplies they needed to recover through our mobile money program. Read his story in the photos above.