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Tanzania’s fintech NALA expands to 19 European countries

by Milcah Lukhanyu
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Nala, a Tanzanian fintech startup ,which is an agent of #Ripple,a partner Modulr   has expanded into the European market, to enable remittances to Africa from 19 EU countries in addition to current US and UK corridors.

This expansion follows several other additions to NALA’s product, as the fintech recently integratedApplePay and Google Pay into its offerings to allow payments from the US and UK to Africa. NALA’s expansion follows in the footsteps of Nigerian Bluechip Technologies, after the software company expanded into Europe earlier this year.

Speaking on the reason behind the expansion, Benjamin Fernandes, the founder and CEO of NALA, said, “The European economy is the third largest in the world and home to more than a quarter of African migrants. At NALA, our mission is to financially empower Africans across the world.” 

Although the  international remittance market currently has many players, including traditional financial institutions and other fintechs, the process of sending money to African countries is cumbersome and challenging.

 According to World Bank data, the average cost of sending money to African countries from European countries like Italy, France, and Germany ranges between 3% and 7% and could take up to 2 days depending on the platform. 

Remittances are a significant contributor to the GDP of African countries. In Kenya, remittances contribute up to 3% of the GDP, while in Nigeria and Egypt, that figure climbs up to 6% and 6.7%, respectively.

 “Remittance companies have traditionally leaned on market expansion as a primary growth lever, causing them to pursue wider geographic reach rather than an added value to their product. At NALA, we are laser-focused on building the remittance company that Africans deserve,” he added.

Over 11 million African migrants live in Europe, meaning NALA’s expansion has the potential for significant impact by providing more options to send money from Europe to Africa.

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