By Mohammed Waseem
MFS Africa, an organization that connects money transfer operators, remittance hubs and banks to mobile wallet schemes across Africa operates a money transfer service that enables senders to send money to various African nations. Currently, the supported destination countries are Benin, Ivory Coast, Liberia and Rwanda. They have plans to include more countries soon. The service is called MTNMMO.
The money transferred is instantly delivered to the recipient’s MTN Mobile Money account. This means that the recipient needs to have an MTN connection in order to be able to receive funds. Senders can start sending money by following three steps, which are registration, transfer and payment. In order to use the service, senders need to submit proof of identification in order to comply with anti-money laundering regulations.
However, senders can instantly make one transfer without registering; and this transaction is limited to a transfer amount of 100 EUR/CAD/USD/GBP. Once verified, senders can avail all the benefits including higher limits.
Users can register here and upload the relevant documents after making the first transfer. They need to do this only once. To send money later on, senders need to click on ‘New Transfer’ and select the recipient or enter their details anew, and then enter the transfer amount and the payment method before confirming all the details.
After having confirmed the details, senders are redirected to their bank to pay by a bank card. Once the payment is complete, the money is immediately transferred to the recipient’s MTN Mobile Money account. Sender gets a confirmation message with the details and a reference number and the transaction is added to the account history.
At present, only debit cards from Visa, Mastercard and Maestro are supported and no credit cards can be used to pay for the transfer. Recipient can cash out the funds at any MTN Mobile Money agent in the destination country. Transfers to Liberia are free of charge, but transfers to Benin, Ivory Coast and Rwanda are charged a flat fee of 4 GBP from the UK, 5 EUR from the Euro Zone, 6 CAD from Canada and 6 USD from USA.