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Archive for March, 2012

Kenyans embracing mobile internet

28 Mar

Mobile phones!

To some they are just a means of communication; to others mobile phones are a symbol of status and yet to some they are a tool for social and financial inclusion.  They have become a the crucial link between Kenyans in the Diaspora wanting to send money to Kenya

Kenyans are among Africa’s top users of the internet on their mobile phones.  According to a new Pew Global Attitudes study, cell phone ownership in Kenya has increased from 9% in 2002 to 65% in 2010.

Believe it or not, phones in developing world are becoming the centre of human survival in many ways than people could have imagined ten years ago. Think remittances, social networking (very important!), email usage and bridging the educational gap… the opportunities that mobile phones have provided are very diverse and crucial in allowing equal access and opportunities for Kenyans.


Rise of the middle class

23 Mar

Kenya’s middle class has recently grown by about 10%, making it home for one of the largest middle class populations in sub-Saharan Africa. It has become a booming economic centre complete with multinational businesses, towering office buildings and a growing middle class.

The rise of the middle class citizens which currently stands at 44.95%, places the country well above the average for the whole of Africa.

So who is the middle class?

The middle class is basically defined largely in terms of higher income relative to the average. That is usually individuals with an annual income “exceeding USD3.900 in purchasing power parity terms”

Other factors that are important in defining the middle class include other variables such as education, professions, aspirations and lifestyle.

So in a nutshell, economic growth is the main factor that has determined the rise of the middle class, ultimately leading to a boom in other industries such as the property and tourism.


Ask the right questions

12 Mar

Sending money to Kenya plays a very central part in the lives of most Kenyans in the Diaspora. That money represents livelihoods back home; it represents that fine line between survival and poverty: so naturally one would want to ask all the right questions before making  such a crucial transaction

Here are a few crucial questions that will ensure that avoid any frustrating misunderstandings during the process.

  • Does the provider guarantee that the money will be available by a certain date or time?
  • Is the exchange rate guaranteed so you know exactly how much the person you are sending money to expects to receive?
  • What rights do you have if the money is not received at the promised time?
  • What is the refund policy if the person is unable to pick up the money?
  • What are the ID requirements the recipient has to present to collect the money?
  • What to do if things go wrong.
  • Will the person receiving the money have to pay a fee?
  • Does the person receiving the money have to pay an additional fee when they receive the money? It is always best to check with the provider you use.

The Kenyan agricultural sector

09 Mar

Although only 15% of Kenya’s total land area has sufficient fertility and rainfall to be farmed, the agricultural sector continues to dominate the economy. It is the second largest contributor to Kenya’s gross domestic product (GDP), after the service sector. Kenya is Africa’s leading tea producer, with black tea being the leading foreign exchange earner. Another leading foreign exchange earner in the agricultural sector is coffee which is the third leading earner. In recent years Kenyan Horticulture has become increasingly prominent ranking in as the third leading agricultural export. The success of the horticulture industry in Kenya has created a variety of investment opportunities for investment opportunities some of which include • Fruit processing • Seed production and plant propagation • Provision of both sea and airfreight Given its access to the regional market, strategic location, and good standard of living for foreign investors, Kenya makes a perfect investment hub…


Online Money Transfer Basics

07 Mar

The main reasons to send money to Kenya via an online money transfer service are undeniable: Online money transfer is fast, convenient and safe.

Numerous safety measures are in place to ensure that your money goes exactly where it needs to go. Multiple layers of data encryption are used for online money transfers. That way, if by chance the data is stolen or hacked en route to the recipient, it’s all coded multiple times so that it’s illogical, illegible jibber-jabber. It’s money on a screen to you, but once you hit send on a secure money transfer Web site, it goes out into the Internet as coded data, and once it’s received by the recipient’s bank or service, it’s decoded and deposited as currency.

All online banking transactions, including online money transfer services, are processed by the Automated Clearing House (ACH), an independent agency that offers secure financial data transmission. The various services offer other levels of protection to guarantee your money will be sent and your bank accounts won’t be compromised.

OK, so it’s safe for you, and for the person that needs money.