Have you heard of the AliExpress M-Pesa partnership ?
As a Kenyan online shopper, AliExpress could be one of your favourite online shopping spots since you get retailed products. However, the challenge has been the payment methods at your disposal as Kenyan which as been MasterCard or Visa card or Western Union among others.
Now, the good news is Safaricom has Partnered with AliExpress to enable M-PESA Payments at the comfort of your phone. At the moment the M-PESA payment option is only available when making purchases on the AliExpress App and not website.
In a statement made by Safaricom’s Chief Customer Care, Slyvia Mulinge, the partnership targets micro-traders in the country who source for goods and other supplies from manufacturers in China.
“We are keen on leveraging the power of mobile technology to transform lives, and we see a great opportunity to do this by connecting people to people, to knowledge and opportunities. This partnership seeks to connect Kenyans to even more business opportunities by enabling them to seamlessly source, purchase and import goods from the world’s leading manufacturer.”
The AliExpress M-Pesa service is available to the 21 million Safaricom customers who will enjoy the safety, reliability, and convenience of M-PESA when shopping on AliExpress.
Moreover, the hassle of converting the price item from one currency to Kenyan shilling on the AliExpress platform will be a thing of the past since the prices of items will be displayed in Kenyan shillings.
With that being said, now let us have a look at how to buy stuff from AliExpress in Kenya using M-PESA AliExpress service.
How to Shop and Make Payments in AliExpress Via M-PESA
Step 1. Go to Play Store on your Phone and install the AliExpress App
Step 2. Next, open the App on your phone and by default you will see a list of items in US dollars. Therefore, you need to change the Account settings to Kenyan.
Step 3. At the bottom right of your screen, tap on “Account” button, followed by “Settings” then “Ship to” and select Kenya. You can also fill out your profile at this point by entering your shipping address
Step 4. Now, on going back to the home menu, you will now see the price items in Kenyan shillings. Search for the item and click “Add to Cart” or “Buy Now.”
Step 5. Next, you will have to confirm the order
Step 6. After that, click on “Place Order,” and you will see the M-PESA as one of the Payment methods.
Step 7. Tap on M-Pesa option, and you will be prompted to enter your mobile phone number. You will then receive a prompt on your phones to enter your M-PESA PIN to complete the payment. Do so and complete your transaction.
It is that simple. Enjoy the AliExpress M-Pesa transaction service