M-Paisa and Breshna bringing mobile utility bill payments to Afghanistan

Afghan m-commerce provider M-Paisa is partnering with electrical company Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) to allow bill payments via mobile money transactions.

The initiative will commence with a pilot program for the approximately 320,000 customers in Kabul and will then expand to other provinces including Herat and Kandahar.

M-Paisa is a cost-effective, secure and convenient method for bill payment. It saves customers time and money by enabling them to pay their bills directly on their phones. Additionally, with the recent upgrades to M-Paisa’s system that enable the integration of an M-Paisa account with bank accounts, customers are able to transfer the money directly from their bank accounts to Breshna through M-Paisa on their phones.

Karim Khoja, Chief Executive Officer of M-Paisa owner Roshan, said: “This new electronic bill payment through M-Paisa makes it easier for our customers to pay their electricity bill from the safety of their homes and at the touch of a button from their phones.”

“Using new technology to make it easier and faster for our customers to pay their electricity bills through M-Paisa highlights Breshna’s commitment to the people of Afghanistan,” said Abdul Raziq Samadi, CEO of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS).

With over 1.3 million registered users and over $6 million transactions transferred each month, M-Paisa is the largest m-commerce provider in Afghanistan and plays a vital role in the country’s financial infrastructure. Since M-Paisa’s pioneering launch in 2008, it has expanded to provide a wide range of services and payment options, including merchant payments, bill payments, and humanitarian payments from national and international donor organisations.

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