It has been reported that Kenya has 58.4 million mobile money subscribers – more than the total population of Kenya. According to the 2019 census data, the country has 47.5 million citizens.
On the back of the strong pick-up in mobile money subscriptions, Kenya has seen very strong growth in the number and value of mobile money transactions. According to a EFG Hermes report, the number of transactions increased from Sh2.5 million ($24,297.18) in 2007 to Sh1.8 billion ($17,493,969) in 2019, while the gross value of these transactions increased from Sh14.8 billion ($143,861,234) in 2007 to Sh4.3 trillion ($41,797,520,825) in 2019.
This represented 44% of the country’s GDP in 2019. According to the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA), Safaricom’s M-Pesa had an 88% share of mobile money subscriptions , despite its share of mobile money agents being 75%. “While M-Pesa continued to dominate digital payments, it has had to share the digital credit space with a number of banks and non-bank lenders,” the report said.
According to a report by The Kenya Financial Sector Deepening (FSD Kenya), there are over 100 digital credit lenders in the country. The digital credit’s uptake has increased significantly over the years; according to the 2019 FinAccess Household Survey of Kenya, 8.3% of respondents had used a digital loan app for credit.
The cost of using mobile banking and digital lending apps is however very high at around 15% interest per month for some of the lenders like Tala. The survey showed the bulk of the borrowings from the digital platforms is below $50 (Sh 500), with many as low as $1.50 (Sh 150) therefore are mainly accessed by low income earners.
According to a survey International Monetary Fund(IMF) mobile money is increasing financial inclusion in the Sub Saharan Africa region.
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