Wave is a mobile service provider that allows unbanked people in Africa to access financial services such as saving and transferring money. Although Wave is a for-profit company, its founders—long-time members of the effective altruism community—launched it primarily with the goal of reducing global poverty.

As of February 2022, Wave is the largest mobile money service provider in Senegal.[1]  Ben Kuhn, Wave's CTO, estimates that the company saves people in Senegal over $200 million every year—or around 1% of that country's GDP.[2]

Further reading

Kuhn, Ben (2019) Why and how to start a startup serving emerging markets, Ben Kuhn’s Blog, November 5.

Quirk, Lincoln & Ben Kuhn (2020) We’re Lincoln Quirk & Ben Kuhn from Wave, AMA!, Effective Altruism Forum, October 27.

Wave. Official website.


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