Vodafone has selected WorldRemit as a global partner in a programme to offer cross-border money transfers to Fiji.
The collaboration will enable WorldRemit users in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the US, and the UK to send remittances to Fiji for free.
The move is expected to benefit the people of the island nation, severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and Cyclone Harold.
WorldRemit Asia-Pacific Business Development vice-president Bryce Currie said: “We expect to see a large increase in the number of transactions to Vodafone Fiji M-PAISA Mobile Money over the next few months, due to the devastating economic impact of the cyclone and Covid-19.
“Through this programme, we are making it easy for senders in five nations to quickly transfer money for free where it is most needed.”
The service will be available on the WorldRemit website and mobile app.
Users can send money by selecting Vodafone M-PAISA Mobile Money Transfer in the app by entering recipient details.
The recipient will receive the funds at their Vodafone M-PAISA mobile money account. They can also collect cash from local agents.
Vodafone Fiji e-Commerce and Corporate Affairs head Shailendra Prasad said: “With the impact of Tropical Storm Harold on top of Covid-19, many Fijian families are affected twice and they need this source of income more than ever before.
“As the world navigates through a very difficult period in our history, the harsh realities of the economic and psychological impact on people is now becoming an everyday concern. We are pleased to have WorldRemit as our global digital partner in this endeavour.”
Recently, WorldRemit partnered with Mukuru to enable cross-border money transfers to Zimbabwe.