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Mastercard partners with FinTech Sava to support SMEs in Africa

By Delisha Fernandes

March 15, 2024

  • Cash Transactions
  • digital bank accounts
  • Digital Ecosystem
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Mastercard, SpireMastercard and Johannesburg-based FinTech company SAVA have announced a partnership that will support small, medium, and micro enterprises (SMMEs) through innovative payments technology and infrastructure.

Through the partnership, the two entities will provide small businesses in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, and Egypt with an online platform, powered by SAVA’s Payment Transaction System (PTS), that includes digital bank accounts and accounting integration tools, helping them manage their company expenses more efficiently.

“At Mastercard, we are dedicated to harnessing the power of partnerships and deploying transformative technology to build a sustainable future where everyone can thrive. Our new collaboration with SAVA represents an important step in our efforts to support small businesses that are key drivers of economic growth. By deploying the right, efficient technology we continue to boost financial inclusion in Africa and enable SMMEs to reap the full benefits of the digital economy,” said Dimitrios Dosis, President, EEMEA, Mastercard.

By using advanced technology, SAVA simplifies financial management for SMMEs and helps them scale their business operations. As part of the agreement, the fintech player will provide SMMEs with virtual and physical cards where budgets can be pre-configured and managed via the SAVA app. By integrating the offering with their accounting packages, SAVA’s customers will be able to control and manage spend on their employee cards and save time and money by automating reconciliations.

“Our collaboration with Mastercard reflects our credibility, epitomizes the essence of working together to transform pioneering ideas into reality, and underscores our shared commitment to developing innovative solutions tailored to the needs of African markets. We are excited to expand the utilization of this distinctive proposition that empowers SMMEs to manage their financial operations with greater control,” said Kola Olajide, CEO, SAVA.

In addition to addressing pain points around expense filing and management experienced by SMMEs, SAVA can be used to issue physical cards for shoppers and control spending from a central dashboard, eliminating the need for cash transactions.  Moreover, SAVA customers will be able to manage spending across different platforms accessing an array of financial services.

Through this innovative collaboration, Mastercard is enabling its partners to take control of their consumer’s digital needs, interactions and experiences creating value in the digital ecosystem and driving financial inclusion.

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