M-Pesa wants to become a social network

Quartz Africa

Kenya mobile network operator Safaricom is launching a platform that will allow its customers to send and receive money while they chat. The messaging service, known as Bonga (which means “to chat” in colloquial Swahili), was partially-launched on April 26.

The release of Bonga also positions Safaricom as a social networking site, allowing its near-30 million subscribers to not only send direct messages on a singular free platform but it will also help them conduct business meetings and enhance their commercial experience. Users will have access to a special M-Pesa button that will allow them to send and request money.

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