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With East Africa getting ‘closer’ by the day, you can send and receive cash fast and conveniently across the region through M-PESA using your MTN line. 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.

Sender or receiver must be a Safaricom subscriber and registered on M-PESA in Kenya,  MTN – Uganda customer, MTN – Rwanda customer or Vodacom –  Tanzania customer.

The Process of Sending the money

To a MTN Uganda Subscriber

  1.  Dial *840#
  2. Enter your preferred PIN
  3. Select Send Money
  4. Enter destination phone number in the international format e.g. 256xxxxxxxxxx
  5. Enter amount and confirm

To a MTN Rwanda Subscriber

  1. Dial *840#
  2. Enter your preferred PIN
  3. Select Send Money
  4. Enter destination phone number in the international format e.g. 250xxxxxxxxxx
  5. Enter amount and confirm

To a Vodacom Tanzania subscriber

  1. Go to M-PESA menu and select Lipa na M-PESA.
  2. Select paybill and enter business number 255255.
  3. Enter recipients mobile number as account number in the format 2557XXXXXXXX.
  4. Enter amount, M-PESA PIN and confirm the transaction.

NB: If you do not have Lipa Na M-PESA on your menu, go to M-PESA, select my account and update menu. A new menu will be sent to you at no cost.

How to know how much will be delivered

In Ugandan Shillings?

  1. Dial *840#
  2. Enter your service PIN
  3. Enter amount in Kenya Shillings that you want to send
  4. Enter destination phone number in international format e.g. 256xxxxxxxxx You will receive a pop up message with Total to send (UGS) Total charges (KES) Total M-PESA used

Use the same procedure for other countries, just change the Number in the approved format.

You Should also Know this:

  • To send money from Kenya to Uganda and Rwanda simply dial *840# on your phone.
  • To send money from Kenya to Tanzania, simply go to M-PESA and select Lipa Na M-PESA. Select Pay Bill and enter business number 255255. Enter recipient’s mobile number as account number in the format 2557XXXXXXXX then Enter amount, M-PESA PIN and confirm the transaction.
  • 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.
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