May 21, 2013

Kopo Kopo & Kiva Zip : Driving Mobile Payments at the Bottom of the Economic Pyramid

Kiva.org is running a pilot project dubbed as Kiva Zip, which is driving person-to-person (p2p) microlending in Kenya.  Kiva Zip is using M-PESA to disburse funds and manage repayments.

Training Pamela on how to accept mobile payments from her customers
Kiva has also partnered with Kopo Kopo to enable Kiva Zip borrowers in Kenya accept mobile payments at the point of sale. Kiva Zip is currently running a pilot with some of their borrowers.

I have been working with Rachel Davis, a Kiva Zip Fellow,on the pilot project. I particularly learnt a lot working with Pamela who operates a small craft shop in the Kibera slum of Nairobi. Customers ca now pay with M-PESA at her shop. 

 Pamela Athieno and Rachael Davis 

Read more on article Rachel wrote on the Huffington Post on the link below.