Kenyan citizens living in UK now have an easier way to make payments back home from their mobile phone with M-Pesa PayBill.
Previously, M-Pesa PayBill only allowed Safaricom subscribers in Kenya to pay vendors and sort out their utility bills via mobile. Now, with the help of global digital money transfer provider, SimbaPay, any M-Pesa users in the UK can make international payments
“Our customers want to pay vendors in Kenya faster and without having to go through friends and family. This new product allows them to do just that, especially for time sensitive payments such as those to hospitals, stock brokers and the like,” SimbaPay CEO, Nyasinga Onyancha said.
Expats don’t need a Safaricom phone number or M-Pesa registration to use PayBill as is currently the case for M-Pesa subscribers living in Kenya. All you need is a UK bank account, debit or credit card.
SimbaPay also charges zero fees for its instant transfers to M-Pesa PayBill numbers.
When making a payment, users have to select the vendor to be paid and then enter their account number with the vendor. For example if paying a hospital bill, the patient number will be required.
A handful of vendors and M-Pesa PayBill numbers have been preloaded onto the SimbaPay app to cut out some of the hassle with finding vendors.
M-Pesa PayBill will be made available to more European countries soon.