Online shopping is such a thrill. With a device connected to the internet and your bank card, you can securely shop at the “speed of want” and wait for items to be delivered at your doorstep. Without an international debit card, however, you could be left out of this because payment systems are usually tailored for more advanced economies that have made significant gains towards getting cashless.
If you have ever wished to make an online purchase and pay with mobile money, your wishes have been granted by Mazzuma, an online payment system crafted with emerging markets like ours in mind. With Mazzuma, you can securely and conveniently pay online merchants using mobile money.
Let’s go ahead and address some questions you may have.
OK, we have established Mazzuma is an online payment platform. How does it work?
Mazzuma works with online merchants to facilitate payment. Let’s say you want to grow some beard so you decide to take a virtual walk through Djokoshop. Once you see what you want, you simply add to cart and at the checkout section, you choose “Pay with Mazzuma.” After, proceed to enter your mobile number, select network and click on “Pay.” That is it!
So someone can use my number to pay for their stuff?
Okay, full disclosure. Once you click on “Pay”, that isn’t really it. We have to make sure you’re not making purchases with your ex’s phone number to spite them. Once you click on “Pay”, you’ll get a pop-up on your phone asking you to authenticate payment request. If you approve, you will be asked to input your Mobile Money PIN and if everything is good, the transaction will go through
How secure is Mazzuma?
First of all, you don’t need to sign up for a Mazzuma account before making purchases so your details stay with you. Also, the platform uses the standard security technology called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to establish an encrypted link between our web server and your browser to prevent snooping and phishing. With two-factor authentication and end-to-end encryption, all data entered remains private and confidential.
tiGO Cash didn’t work for me
Currently, MTN, Vodafone and Airtel are signed on to the platform. tiGO should be signed up sooner than later.
How many merchants have you signed up?
Djokoshop, Afrocase, Pisen Ghana and Electroland Ghana (Samsung Ghana). We are currently looking to partner and sign up more local businesses and brands.
Sounds good! Now how much does the service cost?
Mazzuma is free to use! However, standard mobile money charges still apply.