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FinTech Union54 launches secure chat platform with integrated digital wallets

By Delisha Fernandes

March 22, 2024

  • Debit Cards
  • Digital Wallet
  • FinTech Africa
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union54Zambia-based FinTech Union54 has partnered with Mastercard, to launch social commerce app ChitChat, a Africa-based secure chat platform with integrated digital wallet features.

ChitChat will enable users to send each other money to digital wallets within chats. The platform will also offer USD Debit Cards by Q2.

Perseus Mlambo, CEO of Union54, the developers of ChitChat, said,  “We are excited to announce ChitChat’s launch in Zambia and the simultaneous launch of our digital wallet feature. ChitChat’s founding principle is to be a safe, secure, and sovereign platform for social commerce. Building on this, we are pleased to bring world-class payment infrastructure to Africans once again. We aim to grow ChitChat into a platform that accelerates commerce across Africa and believe we have created the right chat platform with payments to serve as the foundation for what’s to come.”

ChitChat is a social commerce platform that enables users across Africa to chat with each other over an encrypted platform. Built with security and effortless payments in mind, ChitChat enables users to send instantaneous USD payments to friends and family within chat conversations. Funds are transferred to and from user wallets, with in-app conversion from USD to Zambia Kwacha and vice versa offered as well. ChitChat aims to provide users a safe and secure place to chat, transact, send and receive money, and create communities.

ChitChat’s card and wallet features are the first steps toward becoming an online/offline platform for social commerce. Starting today, users can chat and transact by sending funds to each other’s wallets. When USD cards launch in Q2, users can complete transactions in person by using their ChitChat card as they would any other. In the coming weeks, ChitChat will roll out new features, including group wallets.

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