How to Send Money Abroad Using M-PESA


M-PESA Global is a service offered by Safaricom, the largest mobile network operator in Kenya, that enables M-PESA customers to send and receive money globally.

This service is designed to make international money transfers easier, faster, and more affordable, especially for people living in emerging markets who often face challenges when it comes to accessing traditional banking services.

M-PESA Global enables M-PESA customers in Kenya to send money to over 200 countries and territories around the world, and to receive money from these countries as well.

The service is available through a network of global partners, including MoneyGram, Western Union, Ria, WorldRemit, and others, which means that customers have a variety of options when it comes to sending and receiving money internationally.

To use M-PESA Global, customers need to have an M-PESA account, which they can register for at any Safaricom agent or M-PESA agent.

Once they have an account, they can activate the M-PESA Global service by dialing *840# on their mobile phone and following the prompts. They can then choose the partner they want to use to send or receive money and follow the instructions provided.

In an article about sending money abroad using M-PESA Global, one could introduce the service by highlighting its benefits for customers, such as its low fees, fast processing times, and convenient access through mobile phones.

The article could also provide step-by-step instructions for using the service, as well as tips for choosing the right partner based on factors such as destination country, exchange rates, and transfer limits.

With M-PESA global customers will be able to send funds to;

  • To East Africa: Rwanda, Tanzania & Uganda
  • Globally: To millions of Bank accounts and over 500,000 Western Union locations globally.
  • Paypal: Access funds quickly and shop around the world with PayPal mobile money service with M-PESA.
  • M-PESA registered customers will receive the funds from abroad on their M-PESA account.

How to access M-PESA Global

Step 1: Dial *840#

Step 2: Accept terms and conditions to Opt in

Step 3: Select send money abroad

You can alslo;

  • Open the Safaricom App and select M-PESA.
  • Select M-PESA Global.
  • Accept terms and conditions to Opt in
  • Select Send


What is the minimum/maximum amount one can send through M-PESA Global?

The minimum amount to send is KSHS 101 and maximum of KSHS 70,000

In which currency will the recipient receive the funds?

The recipient will receive funds in their country’s currency.

What are the charges for the service?

Zero charges, Prevailing Forex Rates apply.

How can M-PESA customers receive funds from abroad?

Safaricom and a number of money transfer services have partnered to ensure that it will not cost you a cent to receive money from US, UK, Europe, and UAE.

These partners are;

  • mHits
  • Post Finance
  • Skrill
  • SkyForex
  • Western Union.
  • WorldRemit
  • XendPay
  • Xpress Money
  • MoneyGram
  • Transfer Galaxy
  • Vodacom Tanzania
  • MTN Rwanda
  • MTN Uganda
  • Dahabshiil

Next time, you are sending school fees home, remember it doesn’t have to cost the recipient a thing when you send to M-PESA.

Do we have M-PESA Global East Africa?

East Africa just got closer than you ever imagined. Send and receive cash fast and conveniently across the region through M-PESA.

Whether it’s sending cash to your business partners in Rwanda, sending pocket money to your college going children in Uganda, sending money to family in Tanzania or suppliers in Kenya, you can do it all through your phone.

It’s quick and easy;

  • When in TZ simply dial *150*00# and then “Send money to MPESA Kenya” on your Vodacom line
  • When in Rwanda; dial *830# to send money to Kenya from your MTN line.
  • When in Uganda; dial *165# to send money to Kenya from your MTN line.

Can one send money to all Western Union agents globally?

This service is available in all countries except sanctioned countries e.g. North Korea and Syria.

Can one send money to all Banks globally?

This service is currently available in Germany, China and UAE. Other countries will be included in due course.

What is a Country ISO?

This is a 2 LETTER abbreviation for country names e.g. ZA for South Africa, TD for Chad, KE for Kenya, UG, TZ, etc. ISO may not always be the first two letters of the country name.

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