New era for investment groups as  Postbank launches new Chama app

New era for investment groups as Postbank launches new Chama app

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,9TH AUG 2018-It is a new era for  investments groups across the country after Postbank  launched a mobile banking application aimed at  increasing  accountability among  chamas or investment groups.

According to  postbank Managing director Anne Karanja, the newly launched product dubbed M-Chama automates the processes of investment groups by tracking all transactions such as withdrawals, funds transfer and deposits.

Throught the APP ,members in a formal group can make  deposits into the group’s joint account using M-Pesa.

The platform also allows members to request loans from group account with the funds being sent to either the members’ individual accounts or to M-Pesa accounts upon approval by the groups’ designated signatories.

The mobile banking service also permits signatories of the investment groups to check account balances.

“Postbank has purposed to offer affordable banking services to all citizens. To facilitate the delivery of cost effective and affordable financial services, we have leveraged on technology. This strategy, with innovation and development, will reach its full potential,” said Ms Karanja.

“This is a differentiator in the market since customers are not required to visit Postbank branches to transact.”

M-Chama is an addition to the bank’s mobile and internet banking platform.

The product boosts of about 2,300 groups registered and is expected to recruit 3,500 more groups by the end of the year, Ms Karanja said.

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