Côte d'Ivoire's Babimo Democratizes Contactless Payments Using QR Codes

By : Adoni Conrad Quenum

Date : lundi, 30 octobre 2023 16:12

In Africa, many startups are focused on improving financial inclusion. They have developed many fintech solutions, some more innovative than others. 

Babimo is a fintech solution developed by an Ivorian startup. It enables users to pay bills online using a contactless QR code. The Abidjan-based startup was founded in 2021 by El Mehdi Messek.

The solution features a mobile app accessible on iOS and Android. Through the app, a user can create an account, with a phone number and a PIN code, and access the various services. In addition to paying bills online using the QR code, users can transfer money to their contacts via the Moov Africa, MTN, or Orange mobile networks, or buy airtime.  

Babimo's digital wallet can be topped up by mobile money for various commercial transactions.  It is worth mentioning that the startup collects commissions on the various operations. For example, for a 25,000 CFA Franc (around $40) top-up with Babimo, an operator transfer fee of  625 CFA Franc and an account top-up fee of 125 CFA Franc will be deducted, crediting the account with  24,250 CFA Franc.  

The startup, which passed through Orange Fab, has received several awards since its launch. In 2022, it came second and received a check for 5,000,000 CFA Franc at the Moov Start-Up Challenge. In early 2023, it won first prize, a check for 2 million CFA Franc, at the first IMP'HACK Hackathon organized by online betting platform 1xbet and Go Impact Côte d'Ivoire. In October 2023, it was also part of the Africa Startup Initiative Program at Startupbootcamp Afritech.

Adoni Conrad Quenum


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