The theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is creating a sustainable and resilient society for all. Kenya’s leading mobile service carrier, Safaricom is walking the talk following the announcement by the company it is launching a new version of M-Pesa for the visually impaired customers.
This service will be the first of its kind mobile money service as it will drive financial inclusion to include not just the unbanked, but also the unbanked who are also visually impaired. Safaricom network subscribers who are visually impaired can now dial 234 on their mobile phone to access the new ‘M-Pesa Services > M-Pesa Balance, and the customer will then enter their PIN, and the balance amount will be read out loud to them.
Joseph Ogutu, the Director of Strategy at Safaricom said, “Tremendous gains lie in being able to enhance the ability of persons with disabilities into every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life. Our vision at Safaricom is to Transform Lives, and we hope that this latest innovation will enable more visually impaired customers on our network to have control over their …read more