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M-Pesa: Mobile Phone-Based Money Transfer – Global Presence

M-Pesa is a mobile phone-based money transfer, financing, and microfinancing service. It was launched in 2007 by Vodafone for Safaricom (Kenya) and Vodacom (Tanzania), the largest mobile network operators in their respective countries. As of today, M-Pesa has expanded to many countries including Afghanistan, South Africa, and India.

Services Offered

M-Pesa is operated by mobile network operators (MNO) Safaricom and Vodacom. Unlike banks or credit unions, these operators are not classified as deposit-taking institutions. M-Pesa customers can deposit and withdraw money from a network of airtime resellers and retail outlets acting as banking agents. M-Pesa enables its users to:

  • Send money to any mobile number (only full KYC customers)/digital Wallet

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