TANZANIA – Leading digital money transfer service WorldRemit has partnered with Vodacom Tanzania to enable nine million M-Pesa customers to receive money directly to their M-Pesa wallets from friends and family living abroad.
“This new partnership with WorldRemit enables us to tap into their global payments network, and help customers receive remittances into Tanzania from more countries around the world,” Epimack Mbeteni, Vodacom Tanzania M-Pesa Director, said.
“It will enable families and friends in the country to conveniently receive money through M-Pesa from across the world. This is just one more way we are making our customers’ lives easier.”
The Mpesa director said Vodacom has an extensive footprint of over 106,000 M-Pesa agents across the country, as well as a diverse ecosystem of banks, businesses and merchants connected to M-Pesa. This makes M-pesa easily accessible to all Tanzanians.
The new service is expected to increase convenience for money transfer recipients in urban and rural areas of Tanzania as they can receive international money transfers directly to their phones, without the need for a bank account or internet connection.
This will save customers time and money as they do not have to travel to a traditional money transfer agent and pay expensive fees to send money home in cash.
Cynthia Ponera, Country Manager for Tanzania at WorldRemit, said: “Our money transfer service to Tanzania is growing by over 100% year-over-year, and mobile money is the most popular way for our customers to send money to the country.”
In addition to its mobile money service, the company also offers bank transfer, cash pickup and mobile airtime top-up to Tanzanians.