Kenya’s Safaricom said on Tuesday it had secured a deal to use its M-Pesa mobile payment service for online shopping on one of Alibaba’s platforms, part of a move to expand its most profitable product beyond Kenya.
AliExpress.com, run by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, will allow Kenyan shoppers to buy goods on the site using M-Pesa in a matter of weeks.
The move especially targets micro-traders in the country who source for goods and other supplies from manufacturers in China.
Kenyans shopping on Aliexpress.com will be presented with M-PESA as one of the payment options when checking out their shopping cart on the app or website.
.@sylmulinge Kenyans shopping on https://t.co/2LGDxFAxyF will be presented with M-PESA as one of the payment options when checking out their shopping cart on the website. #MPESAAliExpress pic.twitter.com/0ATCCfWnKw
— Safaricom PLC (@SafaricomPLC) March 12, 2019
Once customers select M-PESA, they will then key in their mobile phone numbers and will subsequently receive a prompt on their phones to type their M-PESA PIN to complete the payment.
AliExpress customers selecting M-PESA as a payment channel will have their total cost displayed in Kenya Shillings with standard Lipa Na M-PESA Paybill charges applicable for each transaction.
As has been the case, shoppers will also have the option of using their post office box numbers as the delivery location for their items.
The service is already live on the AliExpress app and will be available on AliExpress.com in coming weeks.