The arrangement will allow riders to top up Uber wallets using the dozens of remittance partners active on portfolio company Flutterwave's pan-African network.
Uber Cash will go live this week and next for Uber’s ride-hail operations in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Ghana, Ivory Coast and Tanzania, according to Alon Lits — Uber’s general manager for Sub-Saharan Africa. “Depending on the country, you’ve got different top-up methods available. For example in Nigeria you can use your Verve Card or mobile money. In Kenya, you can use M-Pesa and EFT and in South Africa you can top up with EFT,” said Lits. Uber Cash in Africa will also accept transfers from Flutterwave’s Barter payment app, launched with Visa in 2019. The move could increase Uber’s ride traffic in Africa by boosting the volume of funds sent to digital wallets and reducing friction in the payment process. Uber still accepts cash on the continent — which has one of the world’s largest unbanked populations — but has made strides on financial inclusion through mobile money.