Huduma smart cards to connect Kenyans

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Sicily Kariuki, Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs secretary (right) and Simon Kimutai, Matatu Owners Association chairmen (left) (image: Huduma)
Sicily Kariuki, Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs secretary (right) and Simon Kimutai, Matatu Owners Association chairmen (left) (image: Huduma)
Sicily Kariuki, Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs secretary (right) and Simon Kimutai, Matatu Owners Association chairmen (left) (image: Huduma)

Mastercard has committed to supporting Huduma in rolling-out a smart card that aims to connect all citizens to the formal financial sector to drive efficiency and transparency as part of their 2030 goals.

The Huduma Card is a prepaid card with chip and PIN technology, powered by Mastercard, it is currently being issued by Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA), Diamond Trust Bank (DTB), Equity Bank and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), with no bank charges being allocated to citizens when registering for the smart card.

Talking on behalf of the Huduma Kenya Programme, Dennis Mutuku, CEO Huduma Kenya Secretariat said, “This is Kenya’s first multipurpose social payment card with payment functionality and we are excited to see the instant, substantial and positive impact that this will have on the lives of millions of citizens previously excluded from the financial mainstream.”

The prepaid card allows Kenyans to pay for an array of Government services such as the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), National Social Security Fund (NSSF) among others. Citizens issued with the smart prepaid card will automatically be enrolled in vital government services such as the National Social Security Fund and the National Hospital Insurance Fund, ensuring all Kenyans benefit from these initiatives.


“Mastercard is committed to extending financial inclusion for the unbanked and under-banked in Kenya,” said Daniel Monehin, Division President for Sub-Saharan Africa, Mastercard. “Innovation is central to achieving our vision of a world beyond cash in Kenya and across the continent. We are committed to developing market-relevant payment solutions that enhance the adoption of cashless transactions. By working together with industry, merchants and businesses, we will achieve this, in East Africa.

Cardholders are assured that regardless of how they use the solution their funds will be secured by the Mastercard multi-layered approach to protecting payments.

Once funds are loaded to the prepaid card, cardholders can use their Huduma Card to pay for goods and services in store, online, by phone or to withdraw cash from ATMs – anywhere Mastercard is accepted locally or at millions of locations worldwide.

Mastercard Division President for Sub-Saharan Africa, Daniel Monehin said, “The Huduma initiative introduced by the Kenyan government is one of the most innovative approaches to including citizens to the financial sector. We are proud partners, and it is a real honour to have been selected to power the solution with our world-class payment technology. We are committed to investing in Kenya, and the continent, and are eager to support the country in its widespread roll-out of the Huduma Card in 2017.”

Staff Writer