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Airtel money visa card launched

20 February 2014, 15:40 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - Airtel has partnered with VISA and Chase Bank to provide its Airtel Money subscribers in Kenya with a new Airtel Money Visa card.

The card users will be able to withdraw money from their Airtel Money accounts from over two million Visa and Kenswitch ATMs worldwide, shop and pay for goods and services using Airtel Money at Visa accepted merchants worldwide.   
Airtel Kenya Managing Director Shivan Bhargava explained the significance of this partnership, underscoring its timeliness and the significant role it will play in enhancing the experience and convenience on the company’s mobile money and banking services and ensure that subscribers from both companies get added value.

“We are committed to nurturing strategic partnerships that provide innovative solutions that meet the ever changing needs of our customers. Through these partnerships, Airtel will deliver relevant and innovative mobile solutions to help customers overcome their daily challenges,” said Bhargava. 

On his part, Chase Bank Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Paul Njaga hailed the partnership to offer quality services to their customers.

“We understand that our customers have busy lifestyles so we focus on quick turnaround solutions that respond to their ever-changing needs, they must address convenience, flexibility, real-time and above all offer value for money,” said Njaga.

“We are pleased to partner with Airtel and Visa to offer an innovative and value proposition card to our customers. At Chase Bank, we strive to provide consumer-centric banking services evident in our broad gamut of unrivaled products and services.

We are taking a strategic relationship with Airtel and Visa where we can offer Airtel subscribers convenience and flexibility. The launch of this Airtel Money debit card is a way to demonstrate our commitment in listening to customers’ ever-changing needs,” he added.

Visa’s Head of Emerging Products & Innovation for Africa, Dougie Henderson who also attended the event said the partnership brings the benefits of electronic payments to the under banked in Kenya by being innovative in mobile money services.

“As a global payments technology company, we see one of the most valuable contributions we can make as helping to bring more people into the formal financial system. We do so by creating pathways to financial inclusion for the financially underserved through our products, services, technology, and payments expertise and our strategic partnerships,” Henderson said.

Airtel customers can apply for the Card by filling an application form available at Airtel Xpress Plus shops or Chase Bank Branches in the country.

One can also apply for the card by using the short code *222*3#. 

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