Why Doesn't Every Kenyan Business Have a Mobile Money Account?

FSD Insights, Issue 4, April 2012

12 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2012  

Ignacio Mas

Tufts University

Amolo Ng'weno

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 20, 2012

Abstract

The contribution of mobile payments (and in particular M-PESA) in Kenya to strengthening family/social networks is well documented, and its potential to tackle financial inclusion is well understood. What has perhaps received less attention is how well mobile money is serving the business market. This study assesses how extensive is the use of M-PESA in business environments, both formal and informal. We found a relatively low level of adoption of M-PESA in business transactions, and examine a variety of reasons that explain that. The research was entirely qualitative, based on interviews with a diverse range of 70 or so businesses.

Keywords: mobile money, mobile payments, electronic payments, financial access, financial inclusion, private sector development

Suggested Citation

Mas, Ignacio and Ng'weno, Amolo, Why Doesn't Every Kenyan Business Have a Mobile Money Account? (April 20, 2012). FSD Insights, Issue 4, April 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2044550

Ignacio Mas (Contact Author)

Tufts University ( email )

Medford, MA 02155
United States

Amolo Ng'weno

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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