Maarten Boute former CEO create a program call Digicel Money Mobile Transfer in Haiti that makes it easy to send and receive money transfer from your mobile phone without spend countless out hours at the bank line.
Digicel Money Mobile Transfer in Haiti Process
Backers admit adoption has been slower than expected, though they remain optimistic it will expand, in part because so many Haitians rely on cellphones, often to find jobs. Some 800,000 people initially registered for the service, even if only about 22,000 people regularly use it.
The service “has gone on in the face of political violence, political instability, cholera, gas shortages, you name it, and we’re this far,” said Greta Greathouse, director of a U.S. Agency for International Development program to improve financial services in Haiti. “Does it mean we’re there yet? No. We want it to be sustainable and there’s a lot of work that needs to be done.”
A spokesman for the Gates Foundation in Seattle, Chris Williams, said by telephone that the project is a “work in progress” but that it’s going well.
Digicel Money Mobile Transfer in Haiti How To
The idea was to help the 90 percent of Haitians who don’t use banks by replicating a mobile money-transfer system that has gained popularity in countries such as Kenya, Uganda and the Philippines.
Two local cellphone companies, Digicel Group Ltd. and Voila, rushed to compete for the money by setting up their own mobile money transfer systems, and so far have been awarded a total of $6.8 million from the foundation.
The system is essentially an account linked to the telephone. Users can transfer up to $250 at a time to another subscriber, who can then withdraw the money from a network of shops ranging from auto-parts stores to internet cafes. As much as $1,500 can be transferred in a month. So far, international transfers are not allowed.