Safaricom awards seventh Maisha Na M-PESA Tu apartment

Safaricom has handed over the seventh apartment worth KES 7.8 million as the Maisha Ni M-PESA Tu promotion draws to a close.

Omar Hassan Muhumud from Eastleigh is the latest homeowner of an apartment located in Nairobi’s Kahawa Estate. The 27-year-old bachelor works as a supervisor at a slaughterhouse in Lucky Summer, Ruaraka.

“I had just arrived at work and I was alighting from a bodaboda when I received a call. I recognized Safaricom’s official number from the advertisements that have been running but I did not know what to expect. Once I was informed that I am the winner of the final apartment, I was excited beyond measure. I have heard about the promotion on radio but I never expected to win anything,” said Muhumud.

Once he receives the keys, Muhumud says he is likely to move in with his family, including the five relatives he currently lives with in Eastleigh’s 12th Street.

M-PESA is an integral part of his life as he uses the mobile money service for both work-related and personal expenses. He uses M-PESA to send his mother, who lives in Mandera, money to cater for her upkeep and medical care. He also uses the service for shopping, making payments and work related purposes such as banking proceeds from sales.

Previous apartment winners include Joseph Kung’u, a clearing and forwarding agent from Riruta, Mzee Juma Saidi, a Kampala-based engineer from Mombasa, Benson Kilonzi, a jua kali artisan from Kitui, Jeniffer Kathure, a Khat trader from Meru, James Njagi, a metal artisan at Gikomba market and Eric Lindenberg, an interior designer who is a resident of Nairobi.

In addition to the seven apartments, more than 570,000 M-PESA customers and over 6,000 agents have won instant prizes including cash and float amounts of KES 2,000, KES, 5,000 and KES 10,000.

“As the Maisha ni M-PESA Tu campaign comes to a close, I am glad that over half a million of our customers were rewarded for their loyalty to our products and services. We are especially proud to have done a campaign that is sure to transform the lives of the 7 lucky individuals who are now proud homeowners,” said Sitoyo Lopokoiyit, Director – Financial Services, Safaricom.

The eight-week long promotion sought to reward the over 28.6 million M-PESA customers and 150,000 agents with KES 300 million in prizes. Seven lucky customers and eight lucky agents won an apartment and KES 1 million in float respectively.

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