Mobile money in Kenya is considered by many to be owned by one company. This is earned as it has helped change the way we operate as Kenyans and slowly the world. The other mobile operators have been doing their best to get into that space but the main problem as far as I am concerned is availability. Wherever you go you can get Mpesa but with the other guys their agents are not as readily available.
The good people from Airtel have been doing their best to get everywhere with their Airtel Money. The service is really good; free payment of many bills like power, electricity etc. The company states that there are 9,500 agents countrywide and the number is expected to grow by more than 15,000 by the end of the year. It’s still far away from being close to enough to most folks.
Wednesday saw a new partnership being launched with the aforementioned Airtel with oil marketing company Total. In the new initiative you can now fuel at any of the 174 Total stations around the country and pay with Airtel Money. Not bad. That’s not just for fuel but for all products in the station by the way.
Even better is the fact that now every Total station becomes an Airtel Money asset. You may deposit and/or withdraw cash at any of the stations around the country.
Let’s see if people pick this one up.