The new platform dubbed “Pay With Equity (PWE), fasta fasta” will allow the bank’s clients to directly transfer money and make payments from their Equity Bank accounts to MoMo Pay, Mobile Money and other local banks with zero charge.
While presiding over the launch on Friday September 10, Equity Bank Rwanda Managing Director, Hannington Namara said “the aim of this new method is to facilitate our clients’ payments, in the country and globally.
“It gives us great pleasure to lead the rallying call by the Government of Rwanda to enable digital payments and make them accessible for all while eliminating the barrier of cost, and make every Rwandan financially included with our bank,” he said.
Namara added that the bank has partnered with the telecommunication companies in order to facilitate anyone who uses this new payment method to be able to receive SMS notifications once the payment is made.
Olive Karigirwa, a trader in Nyarugenge District welcomed the initiative, saying that as a business owner it will benefit her as well as give a boost to the cashless payments that the government is promoting.
“With this new method, I will receive money from my clients making the payments easy, but also reduce the quarrels of asking a client to pay more to cater for the additional charges. However, I would like to ask the bank to help more people open accounts with them and sensitize them about the new product.”
Jean Claude Gaga, the Commercial Director, Equity Bank Rwanda said the new system will go a long way in helping the effort to fight Covid-19, through discouraging the use of cash.
“In addition to that we want to facilitate our clients in making the platform convenient, reliable, free and available at all times, and we plan on increasing the number of our agents all over the country so we can make these services more possible,” he added.
Pay With Equity (PWE) Fasta Fasta
has been built to work on both feature phones and smartphones and all a customer needs to do is dial *555* enter the merchants’ code or Till Number and then amount and confirm the payment with a single string.
Equity Bank Rwanda began its operations in 2011 and is registered as a commercial bank by the National Bank of Rwanda. The bank has its Head Office located in Kigali, with a footprint of 15 branches and is supported by 3,108 agents and1,300 merchants.
Equity Bank Rwanda received the Bank of the Year Rwanda 2020 and has unveiled several campaigns that digitalize payments and different transactions like promoting the usage of different Visa cards to pay for goods and services.