Hello Paisa, one of South Africa’s largest international money transfer providers, today announced its customers are now able to send global money transfers for payout at the global network of Western Union.
This partnership enables Hello Paisa customers to send money from South Africa to their family and loved ones for pay-out into billions of bank accounts in more than 100 countries, millions of wallets in a dozen countries or to Western Union’s retail network across 200 countries and territories.
This collaboration further delivers on Western Union’s strategy to open its platform to third-party partners to help them expand their global reach, meet customers’ evolving needs, and solve the complexities of cross-border, cross-currency money movement.
“We have identified an opportunity for effective global collaboration to do our part in enhancing financial inclusion for migrants living in South Africa. Through this partnership, we have been able to expand our reach globally, sparing our customers the hassle to travel long distances to collect their money as we now leverage off Western Union’s vast network of retail agents, bank account and wallet payout capabilities,” said Sayjil Magan, Managing Director of Hello Paisa.
“We are in the business of solving pressing consumer problems through simple, innovative and tech-driven solutions. We are already servicing over a million people through our existing network, and by expanding our payout network, we will be able to take money to more people where and when they need it most.”
To start sending money with Hello Paisa, customers need to either self-sign up on the Hello Paisa app, be signed up by a Hello Paisa agent or at the nearest Hello store. A valid South Africa ID, foreign passport with a permit or asylum permit, along with a proof of address are required to sign up. Upon verification by Hello Paisa, an activation SMS will be sent to the customer to start transacting.
Hello, Paisa offers a Stage & Pay service to its customers. Customers would stage transactions on the Hello Paisa mobile app, via the call centre or at agent locations. Once staged, they will receive a confirmation with a reference number by SMS. Customers will then have to complete the transaction by making payment using the reference number at retail locations or via a bank transfer to select banks in South Africa.