Flash Cash - a form of finance
Flash Cash is a form of consumer credit that combines formal and
informal finance and has some of the features of credit cards as well as travellers
checks. A number of self-help financial groups ( called "tontines" )
in Cameroon deposit their funds, those that do not rotate, in bank accounts. Using
these as collateral, the banks then issue a check-like instrument called flash
cash to members of the group who can cash these "checks" at any store
that participates in the program with the bank. To some extent the large number
of ROSCAS that one sees around the world are also providing consumer credit, typically
for relatively large consumer durables.
Source: Prof. Dale W. Adams's postings in the DEVFINANCE mailing list.