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  • Jumia Extending Online Small Business Loan Program To Vendors Across Africa

    Small business loan - Nigerian e-commerce - cashless e-commerce By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:41 am

    E-commerce giant Jumia have expanded their online small business loans program to more markets across the African continent. Jumia, Africa’s first startup unicorn, has extended the program they launched in May, providing the small scale loans to merchants in all of the African countries in which it operates. Jumia has partnered with San Francisco-based mobile lender Branch to provide the loans to vendors, with the program proving successful in Kenya since May.

  • M-Pesa Launches New Internet-Free Short-Range Payment Solution

    M-Pesa 1Tap is a new near field communication payment option By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:48 am

    M-Pesa, Safaricom’s highly popular mobile money transfer service, has launched a new payment solution that uses near-field communication to make payments. The new system, which is called M-Pesa 1Tap, allows users to pay for goods from their mobile phones in a single step, rather than multiple steps that were previously required. M-Pesa customers will use a wristband, phone sticker or card to be able to make faster payments using this new technology.

  • Safaricom Upgrades M-Pesa Platform To Enable Mobile E-Commerce Payments

    M-Pesa 1Tap is a new near field communication payment option By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:26 am

    East African mobile giant Safaricom’s M-Pesa has been upgraded so that enhanced features can be added to the mobile money transfer platform. The popular Kenyan money transfer system was upgraded last week, with a service interruption of 13 hours explained as necessary to enable new features which will be added to M-Pesa in the coming months for the benefit of their 26 million customers.

  • Safaricom Set To Launch E-Commerce Platform For Small Businesses In October

    e-commerce platform By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:01 am

    Safaricom, the world’s biggest mobile money operator, is set to launch an e-commerce platform in October that will be focused on supporting and enabling small businesses to sell their products online. The aim of Masoko, as the e-commerce platform will be called, will be to give small and micro businesses access to markets that they would otherwise be unable to reach with their products.

  • Opinion: Rwanda Is East Africa’s New Tech Development Star, Kenya Falling Behind

    Rwanda has been recognized for its tech development efforts. Photo - The New Times By Tom Jackson, 10:49 am AFKI Original

    While both Kenya and Rwanda admit to the importance of tech development in spurring economic success, the countries have two different approaches. Kenya’s tech development has stalled, mostly on President Kenyatta’s watch, and the government needs to match its rhetoric with action if it is to get it going again. In contrast, Rwanda is earning a reputation as a test kitchen for startups, and a recent report placed the country first in government success in ICT promotion.

  • African Fintech Solutions Succeed Due To Nonexistent Banking Infrastructure

    M-Pesa is a fintech success story in Africa. Photo - Quartz By Tom Jackson, 6:13 am AFKI Original

    While fintech solutions in other parts of the world have not produced consistent success, Africa’s lack of banking penetration has opened up possibilities for fintech startups to serve a mobile-first population. This track record of innovation is resulting in increased funding for African fintech startups, while of all the sub-sectors within Africa’s tech space it has also proven the most likely in terms of exits.

  • Africa Has World’s Lowest Commitment To Cybersecurity. Kenya’s Safaricom Wants To Change That

    A focus on cyber security by governments is a must. Photo - SourceSecurity By Tom Jackson, 6:55 pm AFKI Original

    Africa as a continent must do better with regards to cybersecurity. With cybercrime on the increase globally, and recent major attacks such as WannaCry, more must be done to secure cyberspace in the continent that has been especially poor at doing so. According to the recent 2017 Global Cybersecurity Index, only two countries on the continent – Mauritius and Egypt – are in the leading stage of demonstrating high commitment to cybersecurity.

  • Mobile Money Not As Useful As Expected For Banking Poorer, Rural Africans

    rural Africans Mobile money By Tom Jackson, 2:19 pm AFKI Original

    Just 2% of retail transactions in Africa are electronic. Cash is still king and small transactions — less than $2 — have hindered the growth of mobile money outside of its Kenyan heartland. The value of M-Pesa and similar services is questionable for Africans living on just a few dollars a day. The average M-Pesa transaction value is closer to US$30. It’s unsustainable for agents to serve lower-income segments. They can’t afford to get down to the level of very small transactions, limiting the effect of mobile money on the bottom of the pyramid.

  • Mobile Money Services Like M-Pesa Key to Poverty Reduction In Africa

    Mobile Money Revolution By Kevin Mwanza, 6:32 am

    M-Pesa, the world’s largest mobile money network, could be the key to poverty eradication in the developing world based on its success in Kenya where almost 200,000 households headed by women are living above the poverty line as a result of the innovation, according to a study by Journal Science. The service, owned by telecom service provider Safaricom has economically improved the lives of many families in rural parts of East Africa’s biggest economy in the last six years.

  • Why China’s WeChat Is Paying South Africans To Eat At McDonald’s

    WeChat By Dana Sanchez, 2:06 pm

    McDonald’s opened its first burger and fast-food restaurant in South Africa in 1995, and now has more than 200 stores. Chinese mobile messaging app WeChat is trying to compete with Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which dominates in SA, by collaborating with large merchants like McDonald’s. Customers can now pay at McDonald’s using mobile payments at some locations. WeChat is dominant in China, where 200M-plus use its mobile payment platform. Mobile payments have not caught on in SA like they have in China or Kenya.

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