, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 23 – A butcher from the Majengo slums has won a three-bedroom house in the ongoing Lipa Na M-PESA Shinda Nyumba promotion.
The 33-year-old father of two becomes the 7th winner of a fully furnished house worth Sh12 million in the eight weeks campaign that is geared towards encouraging people to pay for goods and services using their mobile wallets.
This is a dream come true for Mutuku who currently lives in a single room in Majengo slums in Eastland’s Nairobi.
“I live in a small house since my wife and my children live upcountry in Machakos. I have been saving to build my own house back in the village which I only started construction last year and I am so grateful that I can now own a prestigious home closer to Nairobi,” said Mutuku.
“I normally pay my customers using M-PESA and also buy construction items for my house using Lipa Na M-PESA and this is how I got to win the home,” he stated.
Mutuku is a trader who buys cows from farmers from various parts of the country and takes them to the Dagoretti slaughter house.
After they are slaughtered, he then transports them to Burma market where he sells to other traders on retail, a business he has been doing from 2002, making him a monthly income of roughly Sh40,000.
The Lipa Na M-PESA campaign kicked off in December 2014 and since then, six customers have won the fully furnished homes located in Athi River.
“We want our customers to embrace the Lipa Na M-PESA service and get to enjoy the benefits of using a service that is convenient and easy to use, by the end of this campaign there will be many people who will realize their lifelong dream to own a home and that is just one of the many benefits of using the Lipa Na M-PESA service,” Safaricom’s Director of Financial Services Betty Mwangi said.
According to statistics, nine out of every ten transactions that are made in Kenya today is in cash.
The reports also indicate that a majority of non-cash transactions are done using M-PESA which has over the years grown to become the most convenient way to move cash from one person to another- or even between business establishments.
Currently, the Lipa Na M-PESA platform has 32,000 active merchants who accept payment through Lipa Na M-PESA.