The Western Union Company, the leader in global payments services and money transfer announced the signature of a collaboration agreement with Airtel Rwanda, a mobile telecom company present in Rwanda since 2012. This agreement will facilitate international money transfers for Rwandans and others wanting to send money to Rwanda from across the globe. This partnership is logic since remittances from the diaspora has reached $174 million in 2014.

Those of the 1.723 subscribers of Airtel Rwanda who have access to Mobile can now receive international money transfers through Western Union to their mobile wallet at no additional Western Union fee. The subscribers can either use this money for all the possible uses of the mobile wallet available in the Country, pick their money at any Airtel Money agent or withdraw the money from an ATM machine, 24 hours a day**.

Mr. Michael Adjei, Managing Director said; “This is a transformative development in the area of international funds transfers.” 

With proximity to mobile money agents, people can easily access and transact with mobile money services. Receiving money on one’s Airtel Money account through Western Union gives the receiver the freedom to access it at any given time.

Molly Shea, Senior Vice President in charge of Digital for Middle East, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe Region in Western Union said; “Western Union continues to grow its reach across Africa, while delivering an exceptional experience across retail and mobile platforms, allowing consumers to conveniently and reliably move money. Western Union is delighted to work with Airtel Rwanda, as both companies are focused on making the lives of consumers better.”

On receiving the message from the sender, the receiver may then pick up the transfer directly into his or her mobile wallet.

* Western Union may charge a fee to the sender.  Western Union also makes money from currency exchange.  When choosing a money transmitter, carefully compare both transfer fees and exchange rates.  Fees and foreign exchange rates may vary by brand, channel, and location based on a number of factors. Fees and rates subject to change without notice.
**Airtel Rwanda withdraw fees apply
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