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M-Pesa Ethiopia teams up with Dahabshiil for diaspora remittance

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M-Pesa Safaricom Ethiopia has sealed a deal with African money transfer company, Dahabshiil, that will facilitate smooth and seamless diaspora remittance.

The partnership which was signed in Addis Ababa will enable the Ethiopian diaspora to send money to their family members or friends directly to M-Pesa mobile wallets.

In a joint statement by the companies, the two said that the collaboration will streamline the remittance process translating to faster transfers and increased security.

“We are thrilled to partner with M-PESA Safaricom,” Musse Mohamed, Ethiopia Representative for Dahabshiil, said.

“This partnership allows us to fulfill our mission of delivering accessible and reliable financial services by leveraging M-PESA’s growing customer base. Together, we’re making it easier and safer for Ethiopians abroad to support their families back home.”

Anthony Kangethe, Acting Chief Digital Financial Services Officer for M-PESA Safaricom said the new partnership with Dahabshiil will offer Ethiopians a secure and convenient way to send and receive money

“We are delighted to partner with Dahabshiil, a leading player in international money transfers. Together, we share a vision of financial inclusion and driving economic development.

“This new service will offer Ethiopians a secure and convenient way to send and receive money, empowering individuals and families.

‘’Dahabshiil and Safaricom Ethiopia share a vision of promoting financial inclusion and economic growth in Ethiopia.

“This partnership signifies our commitment to innovation and exceptional customer service.’’

Founded in 1970, Dahabshiil is a renowned global money transfer company that specializes in providing remittance services, with its roots in Somalia and has since expanded its services to reach customers worldwide.

The company primarily focuses on facilitating money transfers to and from various countries, with a strong emphasis on serving the African diaspora and supporting communities in Africa.

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SA’s e-health startup RecoMed partners Discovery Vitality to simplify flu vaccinations

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South African e-health startup, RecoMed, has struck a partnership with Discovery Vitality to simplify bookings for flu vaccines and Vitality Health Checks.

RecoMed is a technology-driven online healthcare marketplace and booking platform that seamlessly connects practitioners, patients, and other stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem.

According to its profile, patients can easily book appointments with a diverse selection of healthcare practitioners in their area quickly and privately from a phone, tablet, or PC, 24/7.

Vitality, on the other hand, is the largest global platform for behaviour change, underpinning the insurance products of leading insurers worldwide, impacting 30 million lives in over 40 markets.

Sheraan Amod, CEO at RecoMed who issued a statement on the partnership, said the collaboration between Discovery Vitality and RecoMed has reimagined bookings and efficiencies for independent members and corporates.

“This collaboration showcases Discovery Vitality’s commitment to supporting and empowering their members,” Amod said.

“Members can easily manage their family’s health within a simple system that allows them to stay ahead of their Vitality Health Checks, and the benefits this delivers, as well as to protect themselves ahead of flu season.

“As South Africa has entered the flu season, it’s important that we make it as easy as possible for our members to find an approved Discovery Vitality partner at a convenient location for their flu vaccine and Vitality Health Check.

“Moving the booking journey onto this accessible, digital platform has allowed our members to simply click and book vaccines and Vitality Health Checks without waiting in a queue or spending time navigating long lists.

“The collaboration has allowed for Discovery Vitality to radically modernise and speed up access to healthcare providers for these essential services while transforming member experiences,” he added.

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d.light closes $176 securitized financing for off-grid solar in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

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Global provider of household products and affordable finance for low-income households, d.light, has announced closing $176 million in securitized financing for off-grid solar in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

According to the CEO of the firm, Nedjip Tozun, the new financing was provided by social impact-focused asset management company, African Frontier Capital.

Tozun, in a statement, said the will use the facility “to scale up its PayGo consumer finance offering to make solar-powered products available to more low-income households and communities without access to electricity.”

He stated that the facility is multi-currency and will enable access to reliable, renewable energy for an estimated six million people across the three countries over the next three years.

“With this new facility, d.light has now closed securitized financing with a total combined purchasing value of USD$718 million across five separate facilities since 2020,” the CEO said.

“This new facility is another landmark step in d.light’s mission to provide people with affordable energy that is also clean, safe and sustainable.

“It lets us expand our reach so that millions of off-grid families across Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda can experience the benefits of solar energy.

“Facilities like this make possible our pioneering PayGo consumer financing model with which we are able to offer solar home systems and high efficiency appliances to the people that need them most in a way that is affordable and sustainable.”

“With this new facility, d.light has for the first time in its history receivables-based financing facilities in each of our PayGo markets – Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Nigeria.

“These facilities allow d.light to remain consistently cash flow positive and remove the requirement for further external equity fundraising to fund our growth.”

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