You can now withdraw Fuliza Balance at M-Pesa Agents

Launched in 2019, Safaricom’s overdraft facility, Fuliza, has grown to be a household name. By now, everyone must have interacted with the product directly or indirectly. Remember when over 81 billion was borrowed in just 6 months? Fuliza now makes more than M-Shwari and KCB M-Pesa combined.

Well, that’s the reason Safaricom have been looking for ways to expand the facility to more people. The latest improvement/expansion being allowing customers to be able to withdraw their balances via the usual M-Pesa Agents.

Since launch, Fuliza has only allowed you to pay via till or paybill numbers, and to send money, when you don’t have enough in your account. You’ve never been able to actually withdraw the cash, like you would normal M-Pesa balances.

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This has brought about issues with people having to send money to others so as to be able to access cash. That’s now changing. There are many instances where you will actually need cash, especially with the way the market is currently set up.

What’s interesting to note is that this new feature opens up extra revenues for Safaricom. Not only will you be paying back the overdraft with interest, you will also be charged normal withdrawal charges.

Recently, Fuliza readjusted the repayment rates down by up to 50%. This will definitely encourage higher uptake, and open up the company to more profits.

One-time Access Fee 1%1%No Change
1 – 100KES 0 Daily Maintenance Fee (DMF)KES 0 DMF
101 – 500KES 5 DMFKES 2.5 (Free first three days)50%
501 – 1,000KES 10 DMFKES 5 (Free first three days)50%
1,001 – 1,500KES 20 DMFKES 1810%
1,501 – 2,500KES 25 DMFKES 2020%
2,501 – 70,000KES 30 DMF KES 25 16.7%

Kenn Abuya

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