New Podcast: "Blockchain for Financial Inclusion" with Tori Samples

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This week’s podcast features an interview with Tori SamplesShe is the co-founder and CTO of Leaf Global Fintech. Founded in 2017, Leaf is leveraging blockchain technology to offer a digital wallet to underserved populations in Africa. Notably, refugees, migrant workers, and small traders operating across borders. 

The company is based in Kigali and operates in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda. 

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We got right into it with Tori on some of the tougher questions that come up when you’re talking to the founder of an impact-driven business. 

For example, Can you scale a business that is built on a mission to help people rather than a mission to make money? And are investors energized by the idea, or do they scoff at the idealism? Her view is it’s not an either/or, but an and. You can do well by doing good. But she also acknowledged some perception battles, particularly in securing investor capital.

“Refugees are a very, very diverse group. And there's a spectrum of people included under that broad label. There are about 80 million forcibly displaced people in the world today. It's about 1% of the world's population. And as you can imagine, if you took a random sampling of people across the world and pulled 1%, you'd have all sorts of people in there.”

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