By ThingsKenya Writer
A Kenyan ICT firm and a specializing in mobile solutions has announced an ambitious plan aimed at bringing ten million unbanked Kenyans in the informal sector through financial technology solutions to its platform.
During a dinner to mark 10 years of its existence, at a Nairobi hotel, the Chief Executive Officer of Tangazoletu Mr.Chris Gathingu said that the firm will collaborate with more than 70 partners such as Safaricom, banks, Saccos and Microfinance Institutions 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 Mr. Bob Collymore, the Chief Executive Officer of Safaricom, 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 has been 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.
The Chief Executive Officer of NIC Bank Mr. 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 ten years ago in a local university when Chris Gathingu, the founder, was still a student. The company has developed, among other solutions, Lipa na M Pesa, Spotcash (used by most Saccos in Kenya), M TIBU, a groundbreaking solution for managing TB in the country (in partnership with Safaricom, Ministry of Health and USAID).