FinEquity Webinar

Design in Action

WIN Mozambique, Developing World Markets and Ashv
Photo credit: Saiyna Bashir via Communication for Development Ltd

Despite its importance, digital financial services (DFS) design doesn’t always consider women’s lives and realities, resulting in low adoption and usage of products and services. FinEquity’s Catherine Highet spoke with Kiran Agarwal Todi of Ashv in India and Nirza Fumo of Women in Business (WIN) in Mozambique, discussing their use of gender-intelligent design to shape financial services to better suit women’s needs. This interactive conversation focused on the design process, iteration and adaption and measuring impact, looking at the approaches that these organizations are taking. 

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This is the first in a series of webinars on Gender Intelligent Design (GID), highlighting the recent GID Resource Guide written in collaboration with USAID.

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This event is part of the World Bank Group’s yearlong Gender Equality and Development +10: Accelerate Equality initiative, which explores the important progress made and lessons learned over the last 10 years in closing gender gaps and promoting girl's and women's empowerment and drives for transformative change in the future.  

It provides an opportunity to showcase successes, learn, and develop ideas and further momentum for the future of gender equality and women’s leadership, while taking stock of remaining challenges and strengthening partnerships in the quest to #AccelerateEquality.

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Kiran Agarwal Todi

Aavishkaar Group

Kiran is an Experienced Professional with over 18 years of exposure in the financial services industry, providing strategic financial direction to various functions to deliver sustainable profitable growth and quality returns to all the stakeholders.  
In her current role with the Aavishkaar Group, Kiran has been instrumental in turning around the MSME lending business to a road of profitability and sustainable growth. She is responsible for partnering with the CEO in business decisions to drive business goals and provide strategic financial direction to maximize the value for all the Stakeholders.  Prior to this, she has been a key founding member for Home First (HFFC), an affordable housing finance company.  

Photo courtesy of Nirza Fumo

Nirza Fumo


Nirza Fumo is a Senior Business Advisor in the WIN program (TechnoServe). She holds a Master's degree in Business Administration with a focus on barriers and support for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and has been working since 2008 for the private sector, NGOs and consulting firms. Her work focuses on providing support to vulnerable women, mentorship to entrepreneurs, project management and reviewing companies for grants. At WIN,  she seeks partnerships with organizations, mostly private, that aim to promote gender lens business models by involving more women in their operations, whether as employees, clients or suppliers.