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Uber, Safaricom tie-up to ease M-PESA payments

Taxi hailing giant Uber and Safaricom partnered, launching a deal that will see riders across Kenya pay for travel via M-PESA. UberEats customers will also pay for deliveries through M-PESA even as the delivery people receive their earnings through M-PESA.

The deal targets drivers, who lack bank accounts, with Uber’s data showing that about 20 percent of drivers on the platform do not have bank accounts and therefore lack the opportunity to fully leverage digital trips. 

“Through the integration of M-PESA for trip payments, we are excited to bring the ease and convenience of mobile money to riders on our platform,” said Imran Manji, Head of East Africa, Uber.

The partnership will enable us to provide thousands of drivers and delivery people alongside millions of customers with a fully digital solution with faster, secure, affordable, and convenient payments through M-PESA, explained Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa.

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