NAIROBI – Safaricom has announced a Lipa Na M-Pesa Business smartphone app for the more than 170,000 merchants on the service. Named 'M-Pesa for Business', it will empower business owners to access real-time statements, export statements, and track their business performance on the go.
Through the app, business owners can further withdraw funds from Lipa Na M-Pesa to their M-Pesa accounts, bank accounts or at an agent. Business owners with a business till can now also send money to other M-PESA customers such as to pay wages, pay for supplies, and make payments to other businesses all through the app.
"At Safaricom, we are taking a focus on the needs of small and medium businesses to provide them with suitable technology solutions to help them grow. The M-PESA for Business smartphone App is one such solution. It empowers more than 170,000 businesses across the country to send money and make payments and provides them with simple and detailed reports from the convenience of the mobile phone," said Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa.
In addition to making transactions from their Lipa Na M-Pesa tills, the app will offer additional management features such as an overview of different tills for business owners with multiple outlets and till usage management. The app is also packed with rich, detailed reports including money-in and money-out charts, store overview and frequently used Lipa Na M-Pesa tills and PayBills.
The M-Pesa for Business App is immediately available from the Android Google Play store and will be available on the iOS App store in coming days. It complements the *234# menu which has been providing Lipa Na M-Pesa merchants with the ability to manage their till and to make transactions.
The app is designed to take advantage of unique smartphone capabilities to provide businesses with powerful, additional features and a digital, modern way to use the service.
Safaricom has also rolled out a portal where any business across the country can now apply online for a Lipa Na M-Pesa Till. The “M-PESA for Business” app will be immediately available to these businesses once their application is processed and a till number allocated.
Safaricom is launching an M-Pesa 'super-app' which will let SMEs create their own business apps within the mobile money ecosystem, according to CIO, George Njuguna, who was speaking at East Africa Com.
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