Kenya’s leading telco Safaricom is set to increase M-PESA daily transaction limits to KSh. 500,000 following approval from the Central Bank of Kenya.
The higher account limit announced today will be effective from Tuesday 15th August 2023 for all M-PESA customers.
“We appreciate the role that the Central Bank of Kenya has played by constantly providing guidance on innovations and protections that we have put in place to strengthen M-PESA’s adherence to KYC, anti-money laundering and other financial regulations and safeguards,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO of Safaricom.
”The increased account limits will provide customers and especially small businesses with increased convenience as the share of cashless transactions continues to rise,” he added.
In addition to the higher account limit, M-PESA customers are also set to enjoy an increased daily transaction limit of KSh. 500,000 per day. The current per transaction limits of KSh. 150,000 will remain, however, customers can make as many transactions up to the KSh. 500,000 daily limit.
Safaricom said in a statement the move is set to be a boost for businesses in the country, especially SMEs, as the share of cashless transactions continues to rise.
In the last financial year to March 2023, more than 606,000 businesses were receiving payments through Lipa Na M-PESA, with a total of KSh. 1.625 trillion transacted in the 12 months.
M-PESA is also Safaricom’s highest revenue earner. According to the telco’s results for the last financial year, the company processed 6.4 billion payments through M-PESA. Data from the Central Bank of Kenya shows the number of total card payments in the country was at 70 million for the same period making M-PESA the most preferred mode of cashless payments.