MASERU- Vodacom Lesotho’s (VCL) Mpesa has introduced a new service that has been operational over the past 10 months where companies can do bulk services such as paying salaries and paying beneficiaries.
At a media briefing on Friday, VCL Head of Mpesa Services, Palesa Mphunyetsane said with bulk payments they were now able to disperse funds by depositing into the clients mobile wallets which they can cash from agents or pay merchants. She added that companies can pay salaries with Mpesa using the bulk service.
Mphunyetsane indicated that it is through their various partners and the Ministry of Health that they were able to change the lives.
Specialist for Mpesa Partnerships at VCL Corina Mosala said that the general benefits of bulk services are that organizations and companies as well as international organisations can send money to their beneficiaries anywhere in the country without having to take the trouble to visit such places.
She said that transactions are also traceable as they compile statements for the organisations to show them which people have been paid and those that have not been paid. She added that they could also be able to trace what the beneficiaries do with the money if they would like to do so.
Mosala said that they were happy to announce that Mpesa is currently changing lives by helping over 5 000 HIV positive children to get money for medication as well as money for transport to go to the clinics and collect medication.
Mosala explained that before using the bulk services they embark on a journey to register the beneficiaries where they give free sim-cards to people who do not have Vodacom sim-cards before they could start sending money to them.
She said that they have got evidence that since its establishment three years ago many people have enjoyed the fruits of the Mpesa services such as paying school fees which many parents have shown that it is a big change to their lives as they no longer have to wait in long queues to pay for children’ school fees or even make children to miss school to go to the banks.
She also told the meeting that Mpesa has also introduced the ticketing system where people can buy and sell tickets for concerts or big events tickets without having to take long journeys for such services.
One of the organisations which is already ripping the fruits of bulk servicers is Partners in Health (PIH). Finance manager Thaothe Bosiu said the PIH project has benefited a lot from the Mpesa services as they were y struggling to pay beneficiaries across the country as well as their employees’ salaries.
He said people using the Mpesa bulk services were no longer attacked or have their money stolen because they are no longer moving around with cash.
Bosiu said that they were also able to do the auditing effectively as the Mpesa bulk service also helps them to show the statements, which are very important to the funders for proper accounting to take place.