Empowering small businesses for a digital future

Small businesses are key to inclusive growth. Yet many are struggling to adapt to rapid digital transformation, particularly in the wake of the pandemic. Strive Community is equipping five million small businesses with innovative digital solutions to enable them to build resilience and grow.

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When small businesses thrive our local communities and economies thrive, but when they struggle, the impact is widespread. What small business owners need right now is partners who listen to them and develop innovative solutions that help them grow in the wake of the pandemic. That’s what makes programs like Strive so critical today and tomorrow.

Michael Miebach

CEO, Mastercard

From our blog

Why creativity and play are key to understanding the real needs of micro-entrepreneurs

Why creativity and play are key to understanding the real needs of micro-entrepreneurs

The following is a guest post by Shujaaz Inc, an organization that offers practical insights on designing research approaches that work particularly in research focusing on young people.
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Enabling small businesses to reach their potential by increasing their access to finance

Enabling small businesses to reach their potential by increasing their access to finance

A few weeks ago, we hosted a panel discussion during the 2022 Financial Inclusion Week on enabling small businesses to reach their potential by increasing their access to finance.
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Uncovering digital opportunities to support entrepreneurs in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan

Uncovering digital opportunities to support entrepreneurs in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan

This article was originally published by Accion In the city of Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Kamara runs a bakery selling fried dough balls, called baursak, and other traditional breads.
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Strive Community is one year old: Here’s what we have accomplished in the last year

Strive Community is one year old: Here’s what we have accomplished in the last year

Its been a year since the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and Caribou Digital launched Strive Community, a global initiative aimed at providing support to five million small businesses around the world.
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New program addresses Grab driver partners’ high demand for business training

New program addresses Grab driver partners’ high demand for business training

Southeast Asias leading superapp, Grab, has become central to life across the region.
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Expanding customer base a key training priority for Grab merchants in Southeast Asia

Expanding customer base a key training priority for Grab merchants in Southeast Asia

The COVID-19 pandemic rapidly accelerated the digitization of economies across the world.
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