Providing the Nation with Organic Foods During the Pandemic: Testimony from iPay Merchant – Sylvia’s Basket by Wangeci Kanyeki

Sylvia Kuria is an organic farmer, trainer, and founder of Sylvia’s Basket, a retail organic produce outlet based at Soko Safi Mall on Ngong Road next to Green House Building in Nairobi. In this piece, she shares about the passion behind her business and how she has used technology to upscale her business. How she started In 2009, Sylvia started a kitchen garden that got her questioning the food safety she was feeding her family. So, in 2013, she decided to try out organic farming which confirmed just how harmful pesticides are for the environment and human health. “Weaning my children into solids, made me resolve that I would feed them with whole food that is not laced with chemicals.” She researched and attended various organic farming training that helped her get started. With time, she began selling her organic produce to her friends and doing vegetable deliveries to homes and offices. “I used to receive the payments on my personal MPESA line. This was not very efficient because business money was getting mixed up with my money. I would end up buying my household bread and milk with the business money, which caused such a headache when doing the ...
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Hygiene Tips to Observe When Ordering Food Items Online

Online delivery services have become more common as many vendors seek to stay in business within the social distancing guidelines put in place to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Most of us are now ordering our essential shopping, including food and veggies from vendors online. Even with this, we all need to practice high hygiene standards. Here are some tips to observe when ordering for food items online: As you are making your order, it is advisable to select a payment option that does not involve physical contact with the delivery partner through the exchange of cash. Also be sure to give precise location details, to reduce your chances of going where there are other people. Once the delivery partner arrives, ask them to drop off the items at a safe distance (1.5m away or at the gate), or wear a mask as you go to meet them to receive your order. Pay for your order through one of the various options provided by the vendor’s platform and refrain from using cash. You can also tip the delivery partner using the various payment options e.g. MPESA or Bank transfer, once he shares his details. Wear gloves or sanitize ...
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Benefits of Using A Cashless Payment System

Traders counting money at a market. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic in the country, the Kenyan Government has issued a directive that Kenyans should minimize social interactions and physical transactions with cash, in a bid to reduce the transfer of the Covid-19 disease from one person to another. This means that the use of cashless payment systems is on the rise. So, what exactly do cashless payments mean? These are all payments and transactions that take place without the use of physical money. Transactions are carried out electronically using various devices and systems put in place by players in the financial industry. Such include mobile money, mobile banking, online payments, use of credit or debit cards, mobile wallet payments, among others. There are several benefits to using cashless payment systems. These include: Fast, easy and convenient – Cashless payments are highly dependent on technology, which makes it possible to complete transactions in a matter of seconds or minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. One can transact easily across the globe as this is not geographically limiting. Platforms such as iPay, have made it easy for one to ...
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Celebrating Women-led Businesses in Kenya

Mechanic On Call App Founder, Agnes Mutua In the month of March iPay Africa is celebrating equality for women. We celebrate Agnes Mutua, an experienced manager in the transport industry, who founded Mechanic on Call. This is a platform that provides car repair and maintenance services to stranded drivers by matching them with credible and trustworthy mechanics at an affordable price. Founded in 2018, Mechanic on call has been able to provide quality services to clients and generate credibility to the mechanics under its network. 1. What problem are you solving through your business? Stranded drivers – In the event that a driver gets stranded on the road, we can provide them with fast, affordable and authentic mechanical services from our qualified mechanics. We also conduct follow-ups to check on the client based on the services offered. Affordable tow services - With the availability of the Mechanic on Call App, one can locate towing services that are closest to their location. This service is now providing an affordable alternative to the police appointed tow trucks. Unemployment – We also give mechanics an opportunity to offer their services to our clients. 2. What support do you need to grow your business? ...
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TIPS TO HACK 2020 VALENTINE’S DAY

Have a Ball at the office… Who said that Valentine’s Day is just for lovers? Enjoy your day by showing some love to your workmates with Domino’s pizza and enjoy FREE DELIVERY! Say it with a bouquet Roses are red, Violets are blue, nothing says I LOVE YOU more than fresh cut flowers for your person. Get that special surprise with Same Day Flower Delivery amazing Valentine’s Day offers. Enjoy a No Sweat Candlelight dinner Take that much-desired break from the kitchen and take your pallet on a culinary excursion with some wine and a delicious meal conveniently delivered right to your doorstep via Yum and TurnUp. Movie night with Bae Enjoy the latest blockbusters with 100Ksh off each ticket for 2 or more tickets purchased via MyTiketi on 14th of Feb ...
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iPay Scoops Top Awards for Financial Innovation at key Industry Events

iPay Africa's team wins top industry awards On 9th August 2019, iPay scooped three awards in recognition of its innovative payment platforms. At the Financial Inclusion Awards held at Crowne Plaza, iPay was voted as 1st runners up for the Most Preferred Payment Platform. On the same day, at the annual ECommerce Awards 2019 held at Movenpick, the company received the top award, emerging as “Ecommerce Payment Company of the Year.” iPay was also voted as 1st runners up Ecommerce Innovation Company of the year. The ECommerce Awards event attracted numerous industry stakeholders ...
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Kenya’s Developer Community to Benefit from the iPay Affiliates Program

iPay, in partnership with the Association of Countrywide Innovation Hubs, has rolled out the iPay Affiliates program in various hubs around Kenya in October and November 2019.  The Affiliates Program aims at giving back to the techie community through a cashback program that rewards software and web developers an opportunity to integrate iPay’s payment solutions into their projects. With commerce shifting to the digital space, business owners are looking for online payment solutions to help effectively drive their businesses to the digital space.  The partnership between iPay and the Association of Countrywide Innovation Hubs enabled the iPay team to visit a total of 10 hubs in Kenya’s Coast, Central and Western regions. The training demonstrated to participants the ease in which the Application Programming Interface (APIs) can be accessed and integrated into websites and apps to provide payment processing solutions to clients.      iPay's payment gateway provides a single point payment reference that gives access to all digital payment options licensed in this market including VISA/MasterCard credit and debit cards, M-PESA, Airtel money and eLipa Wallet, Eazzypay, PesaLink amongst others. This near-instant settlement for merchants provides convenience and transparency that builds trust which targets larger audiences and increases business transactions both in-store and online.  Techie at SwahiliPot ...
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Q & A With iPay’s MD, Philip Nyamwaya on the Benefits of Online Payments in The Era of New Currency Notes In Kenya

iPay’s MD, Philip Nyamwaya Entrepreneurs have a myriad of issues they face from improving the competency of their products and services to ensuring that their payment processes are efficient to maximize the bottom line.  iPay’s Managing Director, Mr. Philip Nyamwaya explains the benefits of using Online payment solutions especially after the Kenyan Government's introduction of new currency notes in 2019. Q1. The Kenya government has recently introduced new currency notes. How has this affected on-line and in-store payment in an era of fake or counterfeit currency notes circulating the market? The new currency has necessitated business owners who accept cash to upgrade their systems to accept the new notes. For instance: Car parking companies have had to invest in updating their machines so that the machines do not reject the new notes. iPay's business payment solutions cushion you from such currency shocks and the consequent investment cost to comply with such currency changes. Q2. What exactly is iPay offering the market? iPay is an easy-to-use global payment service that provides convenience to both merchants and their clients to securely complete digital payment transactions across multiple payment channels. This ensures online payments that are convenient, hustle-free and secure to all parties ...
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News From iPay

iPay recently launched the iPay Affiliates’ Program that targets the E-Commerce web development community to train them on how to effectively integrate iPay into their client’s websites and earn revenue. With shoppers now preferring to buy wares online or make phone-based payments, web developers and merchants are often faced with the challenge of providing a safe online payment solution for their clients.Speaking at the launch event held at the Nailab, Bishop Magua Centre, off Ngong Road, Managing Director of iPay, Mr. Phillip Nyamwaya said that the iPay Affiliate Programme is a cashback reward scheme that is geared towards the web developer community who have clients who require payment solutions. The idea is to add value to the product offering of digital agencies, freelancers, and web developers. We will give back to this community by sharing our commissions with them,” says Nyamwaya. Web developers can become Affiliates by registering on the iPay platform to enable them to earn between 5% - 10% of iPay’s own commission for the lifetime of that merchant. Using a unique identifier in the Affiliate System, they can keep track of their commissions on an easy-to-use tracking dashboard. MERCHANTS BENEFITS INCLUDE : iPay providing a single point ...
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