Lipa Payments, South African FinTech company, is extending its “Tap to Pay” offering to Africa through its software platform which allows merchants to accept contactless payments from a mobile phone.

The company which aims to solve the lack of adequate and safe payment systems in the digital age, works with banks and FinTechs on “affordable, accessible and fast payments for merchants, even with a low-end mobile phones,” the report said.

In 2020, Lipa received an investment fund of $650,000 from Imvelo Ventures with Empowerment Capital Investment Partners as backers of the deal. The company is now preparing to launch its digital payment solution in Nigeria and South Africa.

“Merchants run the risk of running out of cash during business hours, and there are security risks when managing cash,” said Roger Bukuru, founder of Lipa Payments. “The Lipa Payments solution improves the experience for informal traders by moving their businesses forward with digital payments. It opens a whole new world of possibilities for these merchants and their cash-carrying customers.”

Informal merchants can accept and make phone-to-phone payments using Bluetooth technology or accept bank card payments through Lipa using a smartphone, even those without near-field capabilities or internet access at the time of a transaction.

Banks and FinTechs can use the Lipa platform to offer consumers contactless phone-to-phone payments without the merchants having to purchase Point-of-Sale (POS) devices.

“We have moved into a digital economy,” said Thando Hlongwane, founder of Lipa Payments. “Gone are the days of needing to distribute Point-of-Sale (POS) machines into areas that can be expensive and remote to get to. We have moved the buy-and-sell ecosystem into the hands of the people who are trading within that ecosystem, the merchants and their customers.”

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