Robert Downs

  • Q&A: Nomanini Solves Airtime Accessibility Problem in SA, Kenya

    By Robert Downs, 11:56 am AFKI Original

    In South Africa, consumers order prepaid services like cell phone airtime or electricity through convenience stores, grocery stores or gas stations. The transaction works like this: the consumer pays the convenience store cashier, the cashier gives the consumer a card that when scratched reveals a code, and the consumer enters that code into a phone or electricity meter. In this transaction, the convenience store takes a cut of the sale, a distributor takes a cut for the scratch card, and the telecom or power company receives the bulk of the payment.