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Airtel Money, I&M Bank Tanzania launch digital lending service – KAMILISHA

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Isaac Nchunda, Airtel Tanzania director of Airtel Money speaks in Dar es Salaam during the launch of an overdraft mobile money service called Kamilisha that will enable customers to complete their transactions seamlessly without sufficient funds. (Photo Credit: THE CITIZEN)

Airtel Tanzania, in partnership with I&M Bank Tanzania, has launched an overdraft mobile money service that will enable customers to complete their transactions seamlessly without sufficient funds in their Airtel Money wallets, subject to terms and conditions.

Dubbed Kamilisha, the overdraft service will be facilitated by I&M Bank Tanzania who reassures customers that their transactions won’t be denied due to lack of funds.

Once registered, Airtel Money customers will be able to access the overdraft service and make repayments through the Airtel Money Menu from their mobile phones.

The transactions that customers will complete using Kamilisha include Person-to-Person (P2P) transfer, purchase of airtime and data bundles and bill payment to Luku, Dawasa which has full interoperability with My Airtel app.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam during the launch, Isaac Nchunda – Director of Airtel Money services at Airtel Tanzania said, “Airtel Money has always been looking for innovative ways to fulfill customer’s day to day needs, especially the convenience of financial transactions.

Airtel Money users can access Kamilisha through Airtel Money main menu 15060#, select 0 Fund my wallet then 1 Kamilisha and opt-in to the service. We are committed to finding new solutions that are transforming the lives of customers and providing financial empowerment.”

“Through our analysis, our customers’ transactional hurdles are often caused by shortage of funds in their wallets. Through Kamilisha, users will be able to complete transactions that would have otherwise failed or postponed due to shortage of funds.” added Nchunda.

Speaking on the occasion, Baseer Mohammed, CEO, I&M Bank, Tanzania emphasized that, this strategic partnership with Airtel has been one of the key Digital innovations to provide access of financial solutions to a large section of the banking community.

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This partnership therefore marks a major milestone in our digital transformation journey and affirms our commitment to provide access to banking solutions to even more of the customers.” Baseer added.

Kamilisha is powered by Yabx, a fintech venture offering credit products across 12 countries in Africa.

Yabx’s Director for Africa Business – Eunice RG, said “We, at Yabx, are excited to work with Airtel Tanzania and I&M Bank Tanzania to deliver Kamilisha. Using Yabx’s technology, the partnership seeks to enable the Airtel wallet base to shop now and pay later.

Dr. Bernard Y. Kibesse, Deputy Governor (Department of Financial Stability and Deepening) at the Bank of Tanzania said that BOT has always focused on encouraging such partnerships in the financial sector to provide access to credit, thereby promoting the key objectives of financial inclusion in the country.

Kamilisha is one of several initiatives that I&M has undertaken to promote financial inclusion and deliver value for their customers.

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