Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Oraan Meets Bill Gates to Discuss Financial Inclusion for Women in Pakistan

Oraan’s founder, Halima Iqbal. recently had a notable encounter with Bill Gates during his visit to Pakistan. Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, engaged with various Pakistani leaders in Islamabad, including Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar, focusing on healthcare advancements and economic development.
Oraan, founded in 2018 by Halima Iqbal and supported by significant investments, is dedicated to advancing financial inclusion for women in Pakistan. The startup revolutionizes traditional savings practices in South Asia through digital platforms, providing essential financial access to over 100,000 women.
During Gates’ visit, Halima Iqbal showcased Oraan as a leading example of Pakistani technology enhancing financial inclusion for women. The meeting highlighted Oraan’s role in socio-economic development and prompted discussions on future initiatives to empower women economically and the importance of RAAST’s success in increasing overall financial inclusion.
Following this engagement, a financial services roundtable emphasized ongoing commitments to strengthen women’s income opportunities and promote an inclusive financial ecosystem in Pakistan. Key participants included Muhammad Aurangzeb, Minister of Finance; Shaza Fatima, Minister of Information & Technology; Saleem Ullah, Deputy Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan; and other stakeholders.
Oraan’s involvement in this high-profile dialogue signifies a significant milestone in its mission to democratize financial services nationwide. With endorsements from global leaders and strong governmental support, Oraan aims to further expand financial stability and accessibility for women across Pakistan, contributing to sustainable economic growth and gender equality initiatives.

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