Visa and Direct Pay Online Group (DPO) have partnered to enable 20,000 more merchants to accept mVisa payments, facilitating mobile commerce in Kenya and connecting more people and businesses to the global economy.

The deal will see consumers pay merchants or send money to friends and family direct from their bank account via their mobile banking app or pay at merchants by scanning a QR code on a smart phone or by entering a merchant number into a feature phone.

According to Sunny Walia, General Manager, East Africa for Visa, “Visa’s partnership with Direct Pay Online is an important milestone in our mission to enable digital commerce across Africa. Now even more merchants and customers will benefit from the speed, convenience and security that mVisa offers whether they are making online or in-store payments.”

Enrolled merchants will receive a unique QR code that customers can scan to make mobile payments at no extra cost. Consumers control the payment using either a QR scan for smart phones or a USSD code for feature phones, and they can send money anywhere in the world that mVisa is accepted.

Eran Feinstein, DPO Group CEO says: “We are very excited to partner with Visa. This partnership offers our merchants and their customers the freedom to pay and be paid with ease and convenience. It is a great addition to the payments options we are currently offering our merchants. At Direct Pay Online, we remain committed to providing solutions that bring ease while making payments online and this partnership with Visa helps us live up to this commitment.”

Direct Pay Online was established in Kenya in 2006 and has since expanded to Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. The Group processes merchant payments, mobile money and e-wallets.

Key Kenyan merchants that will now be able to accept mVisa payments through this partnership include Fly 540, Nation Media Group, Amref Flying Doctors, Travel Creations and Azam TV.