Kenya: Safaricom Launches M-pesa API for Business

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Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore. (Image Source:

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Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore. (Image Source:

Safaricom has announced the release of a feature-rich M-PESA Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) portal for businesses in Kenya. Daraja will enable businesses to integrate with M-PESA and reduce the more than 60 days it currently takes for them to link to M-PESA.

According to the company, through Daraja, businesses can now seamlessly integrate with Lipa Na M-PESA BuyGoods and PayBill cashless payments into mobile phone applications, websites, point of sale terminals and other business solutions. As a result, businesses across the country will be in a better position to take advantage of the growing e-commerce trend.

“M-PESA provides a unique platform that enables thousands of businesses to leverage its capabilities to drive their growth. The simplified onboarding process will enable both small and large businesses to integrate to M-PESA as a payment platform for their businesses with ease,” said Bob Collymore, CEO Safaricom.

Developers looking to integrate and create new innovations around M-PESA will similarly enjoy a more streamlined process, including the ability to easily plug to M-PESA using friendly programming languages. The Daraja portal will enable developers to self-manage and access the APIs, as well as to test their code before fully deploying their applications.

Staff Writer