Money transfer company launches Mukuru Groceries for Zimbabweans to send basic goods home

Africa-based fintech Mukuru, which offers remittance services in Africa and Asia, has launched Mukuru Groceries, a new service that will help Zimbabweans based in South Africa provide groceries to families back home.

According to a press release shared with Technology in AfricaMukuru Groceries will be available via USSD and Whatsapp to make it easier for customers to place their orders.

The platform will offer customers the possibility to order a basket of 21 basic grocery products, including “Mealie Meal, cooking oil, sugar, salt and rice“, among others.

Mukuru Groceries comes at a critical time for many families, whose daily lives have been impacted by the coronavirus crisis and the restrictions that have followed.

As easy as sending money

The service will provide families with easy access to essentials, with those in South Africa able to order supplies via USSD or Whatsapp and have them delivered – as affordable and easy as sending money.

While new users will have to register through USSD or Whatsapp, and ordering the grocery cart will also be done through the same channels. Once a customer pays at a payment partner, the family in Zimbabwe will be able to collect groceries from one of 19 Metro Peech and Browne stores across the country.

We have listened carefully to what our clients are asking for, and we have innovated and added to our service offering to ensure Zimbabwean families receive the resources and support they so desperately need right now.said Andy Jury, CEO of Mukuru.

He added that the company will continue to leverage its strong partnerships, network and extensive infrastructure, “to quickly introduce and implement new services such as Mukuru Groceries.”

According to Jury, Mukuru plans to expand and provide similar innovative projects to other countries on the continent.

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