MTN to offer personal loans as MoMo passes 6 million users

January 12, 2023

MTN has joined forces with Lndr, a registered local credit provider, to offer personal loans via its Mobile Money platform, MoMo.

Personal loans offered will range from R2 000 to R180 000, with R1 000 of the approved funds going directly into the customer's MoMo wallet.

Customers can apply by logging into the MoMo platform and checking if they are eligible. Once they have uploaded the required documents, they will be notified by SMS within 24-48 hours of the assessment outcome, MTN said.

According to the mobile company, some 6.2 million people are already subscribed to the MoMo service, and the personal loan offering will further extend its impact.

MTN has also partnered with local fintech startup Zapper and services aggregator QuickBus. The Zapper feature will allow customers to make instant virtual payments to Zapper-enabled merchants across SA on the MoMo app, while the QuickBus feature will let them them compare and purchase bus tickets across 25 different operators.

Using Zapper will link customers to over 27 000 merchants, ranging from restaurants and larger retailers to spaza shops, MTN said.

"Financial inclusion is critical in building a more equitable society and MoMo offers the very best of digital financial services to emerging markets, and it’s just set to grow. Particularly useful for those living and working outside of urban centres, we’re pleased by the innovation we’ve unlocked through MoMo since we launched in 2019," said Felix Kamenga, MTN SA Chief Officer for Mobile Financial Services.

"We want to unlock economic growth through financial and digital solutions for consumers and businesses of all sizes. As we grow our service offering, we aim to create a marketplace that supports cashless and digital economies through affordable, inclusive, understandable, and comprehensive financial services," Kamenga added.

MTN said the rationale behind MoMo is to make payments easier and safer for both consumers and businesses, adding that its point-of-sale offering aims to save small business owners the cost of monthly fees.

"The aim of our POS solution is to help grow formal SMEs and stimulate the growth of spaza shops across SA," MTN said.-fin24

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