Africa Connected

How Kenya became the world leader in mobile, electronic money

Whether you’re a farmer, a refugee or a business organisation… M-Pesa walks with you. We cut across the various sections of Kenyan lives.

John Muchiri, Safaricom

With M-Pesa you don’t need cash, you don’t need a safe, and you don’t need to worry about fake money.

John Muchiri, Safaricom

M-Pesa (M stands for “mobile” while “pesa” is the Swahili word for money) is a cellphone-based money transfer, financing and microfinancing service.

Launched in 2007, it allows users to deposit, withdraw, transfer money and pay for goods and services using a mobile device.

M-Pesa basically functions as a branchless banking service.

Nowhere is M-Pesa more popular that in Kenya, were it was first launched by mobile operator Safaricom.

Nikiwe Bikitsha – on a fact-finding mission in Kenya – interviewed M-Pesa Head of Merchant Payments John Muchiri.

When you are here, you see it, you feel it. It has touched people's lives in tangible ways we could never really understand.

Nikiwe Bikitsha speaking to Bruce Whitfield

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