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Mastercard & Boost to streamline digital payment for SMEs in Africa

By Delisha Fernandes

February 02, 2024

  • Credit Solutions
  • digital payment
  • Financial Institutions
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Mastercard, One GlobalMastercard, a global PayTech company and B2B commerce platform, Boost, have collaborated to provide digital payment wallets and embedded supply chain finance to small businesses in the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector in Africa.

This collaboration aims to provide support to distributors, wholesalers, and retailers in the FMCG sector, all of whom will be provided with Boost’s innovative platform as a service to access essential working capital and Mastercard’s acceptance solutions.

“We are thrilled to enter into this scaling partnership with Mastercard in pursuit of Boost’s mission to enable small businesses to thrive in the digital economy, to create sustainable jobs and income,” said Mike Quinn, co-founder and CEO, of Boost. “We have already proven that Boost’s model can scale widely across, and deeply within, emerging markets by building strong partnerships to digitize end-to-end supply chains between manufacturers and point-of-sale retailers. Mastercard will help us take our model to the next level to create transformative value for our customers and partners while fueling our global ambitions.”

Mastercard will enable Boost to offer digital payment and credit solutions to their micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) customers across their current and future markets, amplifying the company’s impact whilst contributing to Mastercard’s mission of fostering an inclusive digital economy.

This strategic collaboration aims to provide financial institutions with the capability to issue digital payment solutions and expand into the micro-retail space, whilst empowering merchants to digitize payments and access working capital. Furthermore, it will ensure a broader array of FMCG products for consumers with easier product payments through the availability of digital payment solutions.

“We are excited to embark on this transformative journey with Boost, as we understand the challenges that small businesses face. By digitizing payments and creating a track record for their transactions, we will enable more MSME’s to access credit facilities and scale their businesses Through the delivery of integrated digital payment solutions and supply chain finance, we believe we are empowering MSMEs with essential tools to not only survive, but thrive.” said Folasade Femi-Lawal, Country Manager and Area Business Head, West Africa, Mastercard.

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