Global money transfer firm MoneyGram has opened an office in Nairobi to support its growing customer base and grow its agent network.
The new regional office marks the Company’s fourth in Africa, with others in Morocco, South Africa and Nigeria. East Africa, widely considered a booming hub of economic activity on the continent, offers a strong platform for developing relationships with prospective future agents throughout the region.
“Kenya and across all of East Africa is an exciting market with immense opportunities, and we look forward playing an integral role in providing financial services in the region,” says Herve Chomel, MoneyGram’s vice president, Africa. “Our new office will serve as a home base for MoneyGram to focus on our strategy of reaching more of our consumers in the African communities.”
Under its MoneyGram Foundation, the firm donated nearly $43,000 through the Global Gratitude Alliance to the Maisha Children’s Home, a refuge for orphans affected by political violence and/or HIV/AIDS in rural Kenya. The funds will help pay for school tuition, purchase books, and construct a new boarding house and computer lab.
“MoneyGram is not only committed to helping drive economic development in East Africa, we are also dedicated to improving education for children in the region,” says Julia Taylor, MoneyGram’s vice president of corporate strategy and global communications, and president of the MoneyGram Foundation. “We have a long history of philanthropic giving and are proud to provide assistance to the communities where we operate.”
MoneyGram also is working to improve the lives of women and children in the area by co-sponsoring with agent banks free medical camps. Each year, more than 1,000 women and children will receive free medical attention through these facilities.