40 FinTech Companies Transforming the Cash-Heavy Payments Industry in Africa

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Africa is the largest unserved market that has dropped out of sight of the global financial system. Some estimations suggest that there are ~330 million adult Africans, who lack access to formal financial services, which signifies tremendous opportunities for financial technology companies that are ready to embrace them.

There are segments in the financial services industry that are particularly advanced in terms of adoption scale and of attractiveness to entrants. Remittance via mobile has picked up a rapid pace in Africa, with Kenyans using mobile money services for over eight years already; M-Pesa being Kenya’s dominant mobile money provider, the segment allows people to make P2P payments by simply texting.

Africa as a market has all the prerequisites promising to serve as a firm foundation for growth and development. Among the key data points characterizing Africa’s state of financial system, the SWIFT Institute has recently mentioned the following ones:

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  • In 47 out of the 89 markets where mobile money is available, both banks and nonbanks are allowed to provide mobile money services.
  • Half of almost 300 million registered mobile money accounts globally are located in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • In addition, there are 2.26 million mobile money agents in developing countries around the world, many more than the number of alternative financial access points comprising ATMs (1.38 million), commercial bank branches (524,000), post offices (501,000) and Western Union locations (500,000).

In the face of an outstanding opportunity presented in Africa, an ecosystem of FinTech startups providing payments/money transfer solutions have grown to transform a cash-heavy payments industry on the continent.

MFS Africa

MFS Africa is a gateway to send money to mobile wallets in Africa. The company covers 80 million mobile money recipients across all major networks.

Bitsoko is an Android mobile wallet that implements blockchain technology.

IMB

IMB offers a wallet with remittance capabilities, enabling users to buy airtime, pay for electricity, Metrorail tickets and other mobile services.

Mukuru

Mukuru helps users to move money around Africa whether they are sending cash for instant collection or topping up a bank account or mobile wallet.

PayDunya

PayDunya is an online payments solution that allows African e-businesses to accept payments from mobile money wallet and credit/debit cards.

InterSwitch

InterSwitch is an integrated payment and transaction processing company that provides technology integration and advisory services.

Kobocoin

Kobocoin is a digital currency and payment system similar to bitcoin, with an African heritage. Kobocoin is a blockchain-based P2P payment system in Africa.

M-PESA

M-PESA, a subsidiary of Vodafone, is one of the earliest mobile-phone based money transfer and microfinancing services in the world.

Nomanini

Nomanini is an enterprise payments platform provider that enables transactions in the cash-based informal retail sector.

Verifone Mobile Money

Verifone Mobile Money is a joint venture between Verifone Inc. and youtap! to provide complete mobile money solutions designed to meet the needs of mobile operators for telco-based money transfer and payment services in emerging markets.

Paga

Paga was founded in early 2009 with a mission to transform lives by delivering innovative and universal access to financial services across Africa. Paga is a direct-to-consumer mobile payments service licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

SnapScan

SnapScan is a service that allows people to make payments with their mobile phones by simply taking a photo of a QR code and punching in the amount they want to pay.

Wizzit

Wizzit is an affordable, easy and convenient transactional account with state of the art, secure cellphone banking technology.

VoguePay

VoguePay provides a payment solution that allows users to make and accept payments online from other VoguePay members or eTranzact and Visa card holders.

Yoco

Yoco provides merchants with a mobile point-of-sale application and card acceptance solution. The Yoco solution includes the mobile app and either a plug-in card reader or a wireless card reader.

Peach Payments

Peach Payments provides payment solutions to online and mobile businesses, enabling them to accept payments from consumers across the globe and especially from those in the emerging markets.

Cellulant

Cellulant is a digital payments service provider that prompts, collects, settles and reconciles payments in real time is using mobile wallets to empower farmers across Africa as well as powering transactions for millions of merchants and utility facilities across Africa. It provides a mobile payment ecosystem connecting consumers, merchants, banks, etc.

SimplePay

SimplePay allows accepting payments online with its modern and well-documented APIs. SimplePay is PCI-Compliant Level 1.

Maxicash

Maxicash offers a fast, easy and affordable way to send money to Africa. The company has developed an app for African expats to send money to their families in Africa without using any traditional ‘agencies’ or ‘bank.’

WeCashUp

WeCashUp offers a way of accepting cash and mobile payments in Africa and provides all the relevant local cash and mobile payment methods in all the countries in Africa in a single platform. The company claims to offer the best conversion rates and a state-of-the-art technology necessary for being successful in e-commerce in Africa.

Remit

Remit is a mobile payments service that allows people to make real-time money transfers from debit or credit card to mobile-money from all over the world to registered mobile money users in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.

ConnectAfrica

ConnectAfrica is a B2B technology solution connecting various payment networks together. Members of the hub are able to facilitate cross-network transfers. Targeted members are e-wallet providers, banks, payments service providers and many more.

3G Direct Pay Group

The 3G Direct Pay Group is an online solution for e-commerce, providing merchant services to thousands of travel-related and other businesses, focusing on Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Zanzibar, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia & Ethiopia, accepting all major credit cards, mobile money and e-wallets.

i-Pay EFT Payment

i-Pay EFT Payment allows to make instant, secure, electronic payments straight into any South African bank account.

Softeller

Softeller is an online service that uses the advantage of low local money transfer rates in Cameroon to allow people living abroad send money back home.

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