The ‘WhatsApp’ of money, WorldRemit has again partnered with Airtel to make it possible for Africans in the diaspora to send money directly to the Airtel Money wallets of their families and friends back in Niger.
This move comes barely a month after WorldRemit inked a similar agreement with the Democratic Republic of Congo wing of Airtel.
Users of the Airtel Money services already can send, store, and receive money on their phones, not forgetting being able to top up their airtime and pay for goods and services. In addition to that, they will now get cash from their families and friends in the diaspora as instant as sending a WhatsApp text message.
This partnership makes the lives of Airtel subscribers not only convenient but also cheaper. Most people in Niger that are getting money from the diaspora had to travel a great distance to urban areas where institutions like banks and foreign exchange bureau exist. To use international money transfer services like MoneyGram and Western Union; these services charge comparatively higher fees for wiring the money from the diaspora to people in Niger.
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“At WorldRemit, we want to give people the power to share money anytime, anywhere. With WorldRemit app, the Nigerien Diaspora can now send money to their loved ones back in Niger; just like an instant message,”said Alix Murphy, Senior Mobile Analyst at WorldRemit.
WorldRemit has gone a step further to make the things easier for Nigeriens getting money from the diaspora. It has partnered with BINCI and Poste du Niger to enable people collect cash from any of their branches.
The company has launched similar services across Nigeria, DRC, Rwanda, and Egypt. WorldRemit is also working on extending this service to more countries on the African continent.