Kenyan ICT firm Tangazoletu Limited, a mobile solutions company and the brains behind one of Safaricom‘s most popular services ‘Lipa na MPESA‘ last week marked ten years of its existence with an ambitious target to bring ten million unbanked Kenyans in the informal sector through financial technology solutions.
Speaking during an anniversary dinner held at a Nairobi hotel, the Tangazoletu CEO Mr.Chris Gathingu said that short term plans for the company included collaborating about 70 partners such as several banks, Saccos, Microfinance Institutions and its key partner, Safaricom, to reach the unbanked population in the informal sector in Kenya.
“Our solutions have already reached over five million Kenyans in the last ten years. In our next phase of growth and partnerships, we target to reach another ten million Kenyans and bring them to financial inclusion with our solutions. We are also committed to a Pan-African vision to spread our solutions to other African countries. We shall deepen and expand our social responsibility programmes to support causes in the region,” said Mr. Gathingu.
The Chief Guest at the function, Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, committed that Safaricom will work with local technology partners such as Tangazoletu to continuously innovate solutions that transform lives of Kenyans. Today, the M-PESA system processes two loans every second and has ensured that over 26 million customers are rarely more than a kilometre away from an agent. M-PESA is reportedly responsibie for lifting just under 200,000 people, predominantly women, out of poverty in Kenya. We commit to work with local partners such as Tangazoletu to deepen our financial inclusion agenda,” said Mr. Collymore.
NIC Bank CEO, John Gachora said that banks in the region should view financial technology (Fintech) companies in the region as partners and not disruptors or competitors. “There is a tendency by companies in the financial sector to look at Fintech companies such as Tangazoletu as a threat to their businesses. They are not. They should be viewed as innovation partners that will enhance their business models,” said Mr. Gachora.
Tangazoletu was founded 10 years ago in a local university when Chris Gathingu, the founder, was still a student. The company has developed, among other solutions, Lipa na MPESA, Spotcash, used by Saccos in Kenya, and M TIBU, a groundbreaking solution for managing TB in the country.
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