Barclays Bank of Botswana promotes financial inclusion with Make-a-Difference Day (MADD)

Barclays Bank of Botswana remains committed to community development and inclusive banking as part of the Shared Growth Strategy. October marks Barclays Bank’s Make A Difference Day (MADD), an initiative dedicated towards contributing to the community. The main focus for this year is on Education and Skills Development, Enterprise Development and Financial Inclusion.

The Make-A-Difference Day initiative is an annual employee volunteering program that is aimed at community development. Barclays Bank of Botswana provides employees with 16 hours off work annually to complete their chosen projects throughout the months of October and November.

“Annually we aim to have colleagues focus on projects that have a lasting social impact. We remain committed and passionate about delivering our responsibilities to society and to the growth of Botswana. Through the Make a Difference Day, we are able to build our youth’s capabilities by equipping them with financial knowledge and basic business skills. This in turn offers them the opportunity to make sound financial and business choices.” said Spencer Moreri, Barclays Bank of Botswana Acting Head of Marketing and Corporate Relations.

This year, Barclay’s employees will commit their time to promote financial inclusion and literacy. The goal is to create an environment of an informed nation that is able to make financially sound decisions for greater prosperity.

Through the Ready to Work programme the bank offers support to young entrepreneurs and professionals in the successful formation and running of their businesses to serve local and global markets. Students are taught through an online training curriculum ( which is focused on work, people, entrepreneurial and money skills.

“As one of the leading financial service providers, we continue to invest in our communities in support of our National Vision 2036 pillar of Building Prosperity for All. We strive to empower and support our employees to be positive catalysts in society.” Moreri concluded.