Safaricom awards sixth apartment
Safaricom has awarded Joseph Kung’u Wanjiku, a clearing and forwarding agent from Riruta, an apartment worth KES 7.8 million in the ongoing Maisha Ni M-PESA Tu Promotion. The apartment is located in Nairobi’s Kahawa West estate, off Thika Road.
Kung’u, who also does small-scale farming in Gatundu, describes M-PESA as a platform that has enabled his business to thrive. He uses M-PESA to pay for customs services, fuel vehicles in transit, and to send his family money for upkeep and school fees for his children.
“Business was low and I was at home watching a motivational video when I received a call from the official Safaricom number. I thought the call was about my post-pay bill that was due, but instead I received news that I was the winner of an apartment and I was so thrilled. I never believed in promotions but now I can tell everyone that it is real and they should keep trying. I plan to move into the house as soon as I can,” said Kung’u.
The winners of the first five apartments include Juma Saidi, an 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 residing in Nairobi.
In addition to the six apartments, more than 500,000 M-PESA customers and over 5,000 agents have won instant prizes including cash and float amounts of KES 2,000, KES, 5,000 and KES 10,000.
“Transforming lives and impacting our customers positively is what we strive to do at Safaricom and we are glad that we are able to reward our customers for their loyalty to our products. M-PESA is a service that has impacted customers from all walks of life and it has been evident throughout this promotion,” said Paul Kasimu, Director – Resources, Safaricom.
The promotion seeks to reward the over 28.6 million M-PESA’s customers and 150,000 agents with KES 300 million in prizes. Seven lucky customers and eight lucky agents stand to win an apartment and KES 1 million in float respectively.