According to the petition’s page on Change.org, “Ghanaian entrepreneurs with innovative products and services, that would offer real value to buyers around the world and contribute to economic development locally, are cut off from much of the world where PayPal is a major platform for receiving payments. This has to change. PayPal can and should be a force for supporting entrepreneurs who seek a means to engage in legitimate business and are currently unable to reach potential customers around the world. This is anti-business.”
The petition adds, “Similarly, there are lots of social enterprises and charities that are working to improve lives and communities in Ghana and around Africa that are unable to accept donations via PayPal. All over world, online donations have powered a variety of social innovations and charity projects. Being blacklisted means many innovative social enterprises and charities in Ghana are deprived access to potential donors. This isn’t progressive.”
Founded in 1998, PayPal is a global leader in online payment solutions and serves over 153 million accounts worldwide and is available in 190 markets and 24 currencies around the world. It enables global ecommerce by making payments possible across different locations, currencies, and languages and is safer, easier to pay and get paid online. The California-based firm was acquired by eBay in 2002.