Paymentology, Mastercard to Accelerate Financial Inclusion in Central America

Paymentology, the global issuer-processor, announces an expanded partnership with Mastercard (NYSE: MA) to bolster financial inclusion across Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

According to a recent Mastercard and Americas Market Intelligence (AMI) study, while most Latin Americans gained “access to basic financial products between 2020 and 2023, 21% still rely exclusively on cash and are still excluded.”

Furthermore, in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, “only one in four banked adults possess a debit or credit card, further emphasizing the obstacles in accessing the financial system within the region.”

Mastercard, a founding member of the Partnership for Central America (PCA), “has committed to bringing 5 million people and 1 million micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) into the digital economy, including 300,000 businesses run by women, over five years.”

The partnership reflects Mastercard’s commitment “to building an inclusive digital economy where everyone, everywhere, can benefit from the technological revolution and reach their fullest potential.”

As a member of the Mastercard Engage partner network since 2021, Paymentology has worked with Mastercard “to build new and relevant financial inclusion solutions for its customers, and Paymentology has supported Mastercard customers in quickly deploying these product innovations at scale.”

Now, through an expanded partnership, Paymentology will “continue innovating to help accelerate financial inclusion through its advanced issuer processing platform, offering an efficient go-to-market plan for issuers in the region and providing fast and seamless access to card issuance.”

Thiago Dias, Senior Vice President Fintechs, Enablers, and Crypto at Mastercard Latin America and the Caribbean, said:

“Our partnership with Paymentology will help build a more robust and inclusive financial ecosystem in Northern Central America by providing the technology, expert support, and efficient processes new financial institutions and fintechs require to launch and grow.Our goal is to ensure more Central Americans gain access to innovative, safe, and convenient financial solutions that connect them to the digital economy and improve their lives.”

Paymentology and Mastercard will work closely “with partner financial institutions, fintech companies and telcos to encourage and enable them to offer accessible financial tools and solutions to unbanked and underbanked individuals and SME owners.”

These solutions reportedly “encompass digital and physical debit or prepaid Mastercard card programs and micro business cards tailored to their specific needs.”

Furthermore, consumers and business owners will access robust security features and the ability to make and receive digital payments “for various purposes, including social benefits, remittances (including person-to-person transfers), point-of-sale purchases, small business financing, and more.”

Alejandro Del Rio, Regional Director for Latam at Paymentology, said:

“We are deeply committed to advancing financial inclusion across the globe, and we are thrilled to extend our collaboration with Mastercard on this important initiatives. We aim to establish a sustainable and economically viable experience for our clients and partners. Together, we are determined to serve the northern Central America region and tackle the substantial gaps in the financial inclusion agenda by implementing efficient go-to-market strategies. By leveraging our expertise and technology, we aim to empower individuals and businesses, driving positive change and economic growth in the region.”

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