Family Bank Steps Out With A New PESAMOB Virtual Bank

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…Account holders to enjoy a full suite of banking services including convenient micro loans and money transfer services

Local commercial banking services provider, Family Bank, has announced the launch of a robust mobile phone based virtual bank, dubbed PESAMOB. The new PESAMOB virtual bank geared at deepening financial services access by easing account opening and operation processes will run on Family Bank’s PesaPap! platform.

Primarily targeting to foster financial inclusivity to more than 3 million Small and Medium traders alongside unbanked mobile subscribers, the new PESAMOB virtual bank is expected to revolutionalize the local banking sector by bridging conventional banking barriers.

Speaking during the launch of PESAMOB, Family Bank Chief Executive Officer Peter Munyiri, said the Virtual Bank, is, designed to provide affordable differentiated services from conventional mobile banking solutions.

The new PESAMOB Virtual Bank, he disclosed, will provide a full suite of banking services allowing its account holders to deposit cash, transfer, withdraw over ATM locations, and access micro loan facilities conveniently. Customers can also get their salary processing done and pay County fees such as licenses, rates and rents.

The launch of PESAMOB, Munyiri further acknowledged has been inspired by the growing consumer adoption of mobile phone based financial services. Industry statistics released earlier this year, he noted, had confirmed that the number of active mobile phone financial services users (11.5 million) had more than doubled the number (5.4 million) of active bank account holders in the local banking sector.

In tandem with the growth, the use of mobile phone financial services, he pointed out had also doubled from 28% in 2009 to 62% in 2013, justifying the need for a fully-fledged virtual bank.

“At Family Bank, we are actively moving to change the local banking conventions as we know them by introducing such a groundbreaking banking solution as PESAMOB,” Munyiri said. And Added: “Besides boosting the national Financial inclusion goals, PESAMOB gives you the freedom to access loans, transact and save your cash without ever having to visit a physical banking hall.”

During the launch event presided over by Central Bank of Kenya Governor Prof Njuguna Ndung’u, the Family Bank boss explained that PESAMOB account holders will enjoy exclusive standard feature services such as MPESA money transfer, Airtime Purchase, Bill Payments, Balance Enquiry and provision of Mini Statements.

To enjoy the PESAMOB Virtual Bank Services, Munyiri explained that potential account holders will only need to Dial *325# from their mobile phones and follow simple prompts allowing them to activate their secure personal Virtual bank accounts.

According to the 2013 Financial Access (FinAccess) Surveys compiled by the Central Bank of Kenya and Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Kenya, Kenya’s financial inclusion landscape has undergone considerable change in recent years.

The country’s financial inclusion landscape has significantly expanded with proportion of the adult population using different forms of formal financial services now standing at 66.7% in 2013 compared to 41.3% in 2009. The proportion of the adult population totally excluded from financial services has also declined to 25.4% in 2013 from 31.4% in 2009, easily vindicating the suitability of policy strategies and reforms by government as well as financial sector players’ initiatives and innovations such as Family Bank’s PESAPAP platform.

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  1. dominic masese
    December 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm — Reply

    Welcome innovation
    Let us how it will impact on us.

  2. December 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm — Reply

    What is unique about the PESAMOB service? Seems like an MPESA reloaded to me. Will people be able to deposit cash to their bank accounts via ATMs?

    • December 11, 2013 at 9:26 am — Reply

      @kadubai this looks more like a competitor to M-Shwari from CBA

  3. January 23, 2014 at 3:28 pm — Reply

    beauty of technology like this one is that it will surely impact many. We still have millions of unbanked people in Kenya and Africa. More services like this are needed.

    Its not just how it will affect you but the entire industry. Competition is always welcomed as it ultimately benefits we the end users!

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