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M-Pesa hits a milestone with lending, savings products

By , Africa editor
Africa , 24 Jul 2023
Shameel Joosub, Vodacom Group CEO.
Shameel Joosub, Vodacom Group CEO.

Africa's largest fintech platform, M-Pesa, is ballooning, thanks to new growth areas such as lending and savings products that continue to gain traction.

In the quarter ended in June, these growth vectors, lending and savings products, contributed almost 60% of the growth of M-Pesa.

M-Pesa, jointly owned by Vodacom Group and Safaricom, is the continent's most successful mobile money platform, analysts say.

The M-Pesa service is now a key revenue stream for both companies.

M-PESA provides more than 51 million customers across seven countries in Africa with mobile money services.

On Friday, Vodacom Group said M-Pesa revenue continues to grow, which it said is consistent with its commitment to financial inclusion.

M-Pesa revenue grew 34.4% to $106 million (R1.9 billion), supported by customer growth and new service adoption, such as facilitating lending.

Vodacom Group CEO, Shameel Joosub, said: “We added 400 000 M-Pesa customers in the quarter, with penetration of our one-month active base at 45.0%. New growth areas such as lending and savings products continue to gain traction, contributing almost 60% of the growth in the quarter.

“We facilitated loans of R4.3 billion in the quarter, more than doubling year-on-year, and supported by products such as ‘Songesha’ in Tanzania and ‘Txuna’ in Mozambique.”

He added: “M-Pesa transaction values processed on our platform over the last twelve months, including Safaricom, were $360.6 billion, up 5.8%.”

In his market update, Joosub said revenue from new services – financial and digital services, fixed and internet of things – accounts for almost one-fifth of the group’s total revenue and is well on track to reach the target contribution of 25% to 30% over the medium-term.

He commented: “Financial services remains a clear strategic priority for the group and produced a 46.2% increase in revenue to surpass the R3 billion mark in a quarter for the first time. This was supported by a strong performance in South Africa and M-Pesa, which remains Africa’s largest mobile money platform by transaction value, and its new services in particular, such as loans and merchant services.

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