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CBA ropes in 645,000 new M-Shwari clients

By - Fred Obura Updated Sunday, December 16th 2012 at 00:00 GMT +3
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By Fred Obura

Kenyans have save over Sh150 million with M-Shwari in just three weeks with the youth leading in customer numbers.

M-Shwari, the new banking product that seeks to widen financial access among Kenyans, has roped in 645, 000 savers in a short span in an emerging case study that sets the pace for accelerated financial inclusion within the  economy.

Since the launch of M-Shwari, a banking product of the Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) offered through Safaricom’s M-Pesa platform, has seen about  40,000 Kenyans signied up for the service daily, making its up-take a compelling financial service.

Commenting on the latest data Isaac Awuondo, CBA’s Group Managing Director, says that M-Shwari’s take-up so far is laying the foundation for  what is likely to become a revolution in the financial system and a sneak preview to the future and rapidly changing world of mobile banking.

“We are trying to encourage a savings culture. No economy can develop in an effective manner without a strong savings culture,” explained Awuondo.

The product has received overwhelming support from the youth with those in the ages of 26-35 forming 43.5 per cent of the current customer base.

 Kenyans so far have saved over Sh150 million through M-Shwari and loans currently standing at over Sh50 million with healthy repayment trends already noted.

In launching M-Shwari, CBA has taken an innovative approach to provide banking services to Safaricom’s 19 million customers through M-Pesa.

 “We are going beyond the brick and mortar concept of banking and enabling Kenyans to join the world of finance with a mobile phone,”  said Awuondo.



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