Published in Forbes Africa. Mobile money services have not been very successful in South Africa. The new products for micro-payments must address the larger ecosystem of banks and retailers. By Nafisa Akabor

Cash is still king in Africa and most parts of the world. Yet, we cannot ignore the continued growth of mobile offerings on the African continent, from the uptake of smartphones, app usage, or digital and mobile payment solutions.

Today, it is possible to open a bank account from a smartphone or feature phone, and for small businesses to set up payment solutions directly from mobile devices. As technologies advance for micro-entrepreneurs, so too for micro-payments.

A new form of payment aimed at ‘paying it forward’, be it to a car guard, gardener, or a donation, has been introduced by South African startup Jini Guru, called uKheshe, which means ‘cash’ in Zulu.

The service allows a receiver to accept a tip or payment once a physical card with a QR code is scanned through the uKheshe app, by the sender. Continue reading here: https://www.forbesafrica.com/technology/2019/03/27/how-mobile-solutions-are-paying-it-forward/

 

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