See more objects with the tag finance, mobile, share, prosperity, prosper.

Object Timeline

  • We acquired this object.


  • Work on this object began.


  • Work on this object ended.



  • You found it!

M-PESA Money-transfer System

This is a Project. It was project headed by Safaricom. It is dated 2007–2013.

Urban workers traditionally send money home to their families in rural villages, but cash makes the process vulnerable to robbery. Since 2007, when Kenya’s M-PESA was launched, recipients can receive money with a simple text message on their mobile phone. The ease, speed, and safety of this mobile money transfer have led to its unprecedented success—over two million users in the first year. The M-PESA (the M is for mobile, and pesa means “money” in Swahili) system includes a grassroots network of over 22,000 agent outlets throughout Kenya, where users exchange M-PESA money for cash. First, a mobile money account is created and linked to the user’s phone number. A menu allows the user to securely send money to any mobile phone subscriber in Kenya, who is added to an M-PESA account and given a code. Using this code and the recipient’s phone number, an M-PESA agent will be able to verify the transaction and pay the correct cash amount.

  • Bicycle Phone Charger
  • 470 microfarad capacitor, 7806 transistor (voltage regulator), cell phone....
  • CITIES.008

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

There are restrictions for re-using this image. For more information, visit the Smithsonian’s Terms of Use page.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=M-PESA Money-transfer System |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=28 January 2023 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>