Re: Catch-up by Ricardo - May 2009
- Ricardo, Ken, Kiyavilo,
That's great news! I have posted it at http://www.includer.org
Does that mean that we can send money to Ken or Kiyavilo and they can
take it out locally and forward it (in Kenya by mpesa)?
+370 699 30003
> Dear Andrius
> how are you? This is just a catch-up message to let you know what I've
> been doing recently with the MS members in East Africa.
> Ken Chelimo has succeeded in getting eBay and Paypal 100% working now.
> He is the 2nd person from our Trading group to do that, after Kims
> (Kiyavilo Msekwa) in Tanzania. Ken is the first person in Kenya from
> our trading group to get Paypal and eBay working in conjunction with
> his bank account.
> It's taken ages. Some African banks don't work well with the Paypal
> online payment service, due to incompatible computer systems, lack of
> staff training, etc. The key to getting it working was for Ken to get
> a new bank account at National Bank of Kenya. He then got a Visa
> Electron debit card, linked it to his Paypal account and managed to
> complete the Paypal 'Link and Confirm you card' process, to
> lift/remove the $100 lifetime sending-money limit (for purchases).
> For the 'Link and Confirm your card' process, Paypal takes a small
> $1.95 test payment from the bank account via the debit card, with a
> random 4-digit code appearing in the bank statement. Ken got this code
> from his bank, and entered it into the Paypal website to lift/remove
> the $100 limit. He can now buy things from eBay USA and pay by Paypal
> without restriction.
> National Bank of Kenya seems quite good, with helpful staff, and they
> offer many ways to get information about your account, such as Mobile
> Phone Banking and Internet Banking.
> As well as benefiting Ken himself, our experiment also shows it's not
> impossible for other people in Kenya to do the same as Ken, and get
> paypal/ebay working. I'll talk to the other people in our Trading
> email group soon about it (Ken Owino, Samwel, etc). The aims of the
> whole exercise were...
> 1) To prove it's possible for people in Africa to use eBay/Paypal, and
> 2) To get the knowledge of exactly how to do it, after overcoming any
> Sneakernet Trial in Kenya
> The 3 month Sneakernet Trial in Kenya started recently, and people are
> starting to use it a little. To encourage the users to find more ways
> of using it, I've added a new section to the Worknets page, called
> 'Possible Uses for a Sneakernet', added some ideas of my own and asked
> the users for more ideas.
> All the best.