A new application by Kenya’s Mobile Desicioning, dubbed Zioncell is set to enable religious institutions receive financial support from its members every time they call or top up airtime.
According to the Zioncell team, “By Simply calling on your Airtel line, you will be able to give to your Zioncell Powered Church.This giving does not cost you anything.”
And it is not just churches.
The team adds, “By simply talking on your mobile phone at no extra cost, communities are changed. Children are sponsored to attend credible institutions; orphans and widows are taken care of; affordable schools, hospitals and youth facilities are put up; church networks are enlarged and enhanced; and you too will grow and benefit with Zioncell.”
This is an opt in service.
Interested users dial *225# on their Airtel line, they enter their church unique code number and their church automatically begins to reap.
This looks like magic however Zioncell says its mission is different.
They aim to empower and unite communities through changing their habits towards self-preservation.
Zioncell says, ” This is achieved by changing airtime spending cultures. In addition, we have value add products for each individual as well as financial support for community growth. e.g. Education scholarships. Our target market is the church (Within the Church are the vibrant and diverse Christian population).
Zioncell under its My Contribution feature shows how much a user’s talk time translates into assistance to his or her church or community organisation. One can also buy Airtel airtime from the Zioncell menu by pressing*225# .
Another feature, Zionhealth, is a healthcare insurance cover issued on mobile. Zioncell also has credit card like Zioncard, daily devotions, general tips feature for health, financial and quotes.
The list of churches is growing including Deliverance Church Umoja and Kayole here is a complete list of featured churches.