By Ben Oduor
Huduma Card, a multipurpose prepaid card that allows majorly Kenya’s un- and under-banked citizens to benefit from being financially included and able to pay for and receive critical government services, has received a vote of confidence from the government.
The card was lauded due to the critical role it plays in the country in driving financial inclusion. The announcement made during the 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, was in line with the event’s focus which showcased how Africa is ensuring its citizens are empowered through inclusion.
Kenya has been on good course in financial inclusion as more of its population are said to run bank accounts. More are poised to open these accounts so as to operate per the country’s vision 2030 prospects which aim to improve efficiency and transparency of public services and payments.
Mastercard, one of the official technology partners to Huduma, ensures the card offers a secure and convenient way for citizens to transact. This it has enabled by working towards displacing cash with cards, and is committed to financially empowering 500 million people worldwide by 2020.
The company’s partnership with Huduma is part of the strategy to achieve this goal.
Denis Mutuku, CEO of huduma Kenya Secretariat, says he is confident the programs roll out will ensure government’s expectations and the needs of Kenyans are satisfied.