Western Union, one of the leading international payments companies, have recently teamed up with Roshan in Afghanistan.
Roshan is the largest communications provider in Afghanistan’s with almost 6 million subscribers.
The result is that international money transfers can now be made directly to mobile phones wallets of Roshan customers across their network covering over 230 cities and towns in all of the country’s 34 provinces.
This is of particular use in countries which have large numbers of Afghans living abroad, countries such as Canada and UAE. Money can be easily sent to families back at home using this method.
Here is an excerpt from the recent article:
Now, M-Paisa customers in Afghanistan can receive Western Union Mobile Money Transfer transactions from around the world directly into their mobile wallet accounts from families, in particular from countries with the largest population of Afghans living abroad, like UAE, Germany and Canada.
“To partner with such a recognized global brand such as Western Union is another example of innovation that Roshan brings to Afghanistan,” said Karim Khoja, chief executive officer, Roshan. “Together, Roshan and Western Union are enabling distant families to be connected, and also offering peace of mind for those with relatives in Afghanistan, who have previously struggled to send money back home. The launch of this service is another step to making financial inclusion a reality for the almost 97 percent of Afghans who do not have access to traditional financial services, and is a continued demonstration of our mission to support economic development and empowerment throughout Afghanistan.”
Roshan launched M-Paisa using technology from Vodafone, one of the world’s leading international mobile communications groups. Today, since the launch of the mobile money service in November 2008, M-Paisa has over 1 million customers enabled to receive their salaries, pay bills, receive and repay microfinance loans, send and receive money and purchase airtime directly from their Roshan phone.
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