A study says 99 per cent of domestic workers in Dhaka prefer taking their salaries in cash instead of using mobile financial services (MFS).
The baseline survey was conducted by Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) under a project, Shuchona, in five areas of Dhaka. Around 4,000 domestic workers and 3,500 employers from Mohammadpur, Mirpur, Goran and Kamrangir Char participated in the survey.
The MJF’s project, Shuchona, is funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to empower female domestic workers through a formal national financial digitisation system. Institutional Social Business conducted the baseline survey.
MJF revealed the survey findings at a function held at the CIRDAP auditorium on Wednesday. Post, Telecommunication and Information Minister Mostafa Jabbar joined the event as chief guest. MJF Executive Director Shaheen Anam chaired it.
According to the study, ninety-nine per cent of the workers get in cash salary and only one per cent in MFS account.
Although 67 per cent of domestic workers in Dhaka have personal mobile phones, only 19 per cent of them have access to mobile financial services (MFS), according to a study. Out of those who have MFS accounts, 36 per cent of workers say they do not use the service.
The survey also found that those who have MFS in personal phones are mostly used for cash-in, cash-out, and mobile recharge and they take the help of nearby shops, neighbours, and relatives to use the services.
While they were asked about the MFS adaptation, 92 per cent of domestic workers expressed comfort with cash salaries due to two main reasons- lack of phone operations capacity and inconvenience to withdraw money during any emergency.
There are 10 million domestic workers in Bangladesh and among them, 90 per cent are women. The study says digital financial services can empower domestic workers and would help in increasing their savings. Besides, it would help to include their earnings in the national statistics.