BitPesa’s 5th Anniversary: Celebrating 5 Years of Growth

Nov 19, 2018

Blink… And we’re five years old! From a makeshift office in a Nairobi living room to five fully-fledged offices across Africa and Europe, BitPesa has come a long way since November 2013. As we celebrate our anniversary this year, we are very proud that our loyal customers and dedicated team have brought in such huge […]

Sompo Holdings Partners with BitPesa to Revolutionize Cross-Border Payments

Nov 9, 2018

Tokyo, Japan–November 9, 2018–Sompo Holdings, Inc. (head office: Shinjuku, Tokyo, Group CEO & President: Kengo Sakurada, hereinafter “Sompo Holdings”) has announced a business alliance with BitPesa, leading digital foreign exchange platform and treasury solution based in Africa that leverages blockchain settlement to significantly lower the cost and increase the speed of business payments to and […]

Spirited Frontier Uses BitPesa to Pay Suppliers on Time

Oct 15, 2018

According to a 2015 study by Accenture, Africa’s growth and attractiveness for business expansion and investment is unquestionable. However, Africa is a still a very complex market, and resource constraints make it difficult for many businesses to achieve profitability. Access to payments is one of the biggest challenges for a business that relies on supplies […]

BitPesa Acquires TransferZero, Leading Online European Money Transfer Service

Feb 7, 2018 | Company Announcements

Acquisition provides deep roots to UK and European licensing, bank accounts, and integrations BitPesa, the first and largest blockchain payments platform for Africa and Europe, announced today their acquisition of TransferZero, an international, online money transfer platform that specializes in sending money to consumers and companies in 200 countries using over 50 different currencies.   TransferZero, […]

Meet the Team: David

Sep 27, 2017 | Meet the Team

Who are you? I am a go-getter and I know what I want to achieve in life. I am guided by three life goals: to be with people I love, to be financially independent and to create something beautiful and change the world. I guess that is why I ended up in Kenya. Where did […]

An Update on KES Payments

Sep 1, 2017 | Company Announcements

Since inception, BitPesa has been at the forefront of bitcoin payment processing in Kenya. We have loved serving all our customers the last three years, despite many challenges faced every step of the way. We continue to experience increasing difficulty in ensuring we facilitate KES payments. It will be necessary to make changes to continue […]

How Be Forward Sends Multiple Payments from Japan to Uganda in Minutes

Aug 22, 2017 | Customer Success

Be Forward is a Japanese company that exports used cars from Japan to Africa. It is one of the biggest e-commerce sites for affordable vehicles in East Africa. The Challenge Before BitPesa, Be Forward used different services to send payments from Japan to agents in Africa. Bank charges were very high for international transfers, and they […]

KJ Cargo Saves Up to 15% With BitPesa Payment Solutions

Aug 7, 2017 | Customer Success

KJ Cargo is a UK based logistics/shipping company that uses BitPesa to make payments from UK to Nigeria. We spoke with the company’s founder and director, Mr. Kanayo Iyama, who was happy to share his company’s experience. Previous Encounters The team at KJ Cargo had many negative experiences with payment companies in the past. Payments from […]

Update on Potential Bitcoin Fork

Jul 31, 2017 | Technical Updates

Over the last couple of months we have seen a continued rise in popularity and increased use of Bitcoin in the markets we operate. With increased popularity, comes a higher demand and there has been a global need to increase the Blockchain’s capacity to achieve faster transactions and low fees. The community has been exploring […]

Update on BTC Buy Delays

May 23, 2017 | Technical Updates

Over the past few weeks, we have had system issues that have affected customers buying bitcoins on our platform. We understand that this has created delays and confusion for some of you during this period. Rest assured that we are doing everything we can to restore system normalcy permanently. For all pending transactions from yesterday […]

BitPesa at the Fintech Insider Series in London

May 17, 2017 | Events

Payments make the world go round by facilitating the exchange of goods or services for value. We use various payment methods to makes purchases or transfer money. Simply put, payments are necessary for economies to thrive and so developments in this industry impact the lives of everyone around the world, and BitPesa gets this. BitPesa […]

Improving Access to Financing for African SMEs

Mar 28, 2017 | Customer Success

BitPesa has partnered with Bitbond to improve access to financing for SMEs in Africa. Bitbond, which is based in Berlin, Germany, connects fixed-income investors with small business owners who need loans. To make global cross-border lending possible, the platform uses the bitcoin blockchain for payment processing. By working with BitPesa, borrowers who receive funding on Bitbond can now […]

Meet the Team: Leilah

Mar 22, 2017 | Meet the Team

We’re back! This March, meet Leilah Ruto, BitPesa’s Senior Accounts Associate. Who are you? I am Leilah Chepchirchir Kipruto, but since it is quite a long name, I shorten it to Leilah Ruto to make it easy on the tongue. Where did you go to school? All my years in school were spent in Nairobi. […]

Africa Incubator Trusts BitPesa for Easy Payments From Japan

Feb 17, 2017 | Customer Success

“With BitPesa, we send payments in just a few hours, and if we have any trouble or questions, the customer support team are quite responsive. We’ll keep using BitPesa to send payments between Japan and Africa.” – Kentaro Nagai, Managing Director, Africa Incubator Ltd. Who is Africa Incubator Ltd? Africa Incubator Ltd is a Japanese company […]

New Year – Next Level

Jan 31, 2017 | Company Announcements

We are thrilled to announce that BitPesa closed a $2.5 million Series A round to expand its services in the UK, Europe and further across West and Southern Africa. The round was led by US-based Draper VC with participation from new shareholder Greycroft Partners and existing investors Digital Currency Group, Pantera Capital Management, Blockchain Capital, […]

BitPesa Makes Payroll in Uganda a Breeze

Jan 11, 2017 | Customer Success

The team at EatOut Kenya relies on BitPesa to send bulk payouts to their staff in Uganda, reaching both bank and mobile money accounts in the same day. The result? Faster payouts, happier staff and stress-free managers. “The experience was really amazing because we were able to send money to both mobile money and bank […]

SolarNow Relies on BitPesa for Efficient Cross-Border Payments

Dec 9, 2016 | Customer Success

“The service and response time from the BitPesa team was super fast. I’d get a response in 2-3 hours. The transaction speed is also superior.” – Andreas Rosenau, CFO, SolarNow The SolarNow team began using BitPesa in 2016 to handle overseas transactions, as well as payments across their branches in Africa. See how BitPesa has […]

Connecting Payments with Africa and China

Oct 28, 2016 | Company Announcements

BitPesa now offers businesses and individuals a faster, more cost-effective way to send or receive payments between Africa and China. China-Africa trade increased to more than $170 billion in 2013, according to the World Bank. However, the cost of sending payments from Africa to China remains high, often taking days to settle on the other […]

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