Kuda Bank Partners Visa on Cards.
In a move aimed at driving its independent payment cards offering, Kuda Technologies, the challenger bank for Africans, has partnered with Visa, the world leader in digital payments, to offer digital and physical issuance of Visa cards to its customers.
Kuda in a statement said its proposition of zero fees on cards, account maintenance and transfers as well as its low-interest credit offering delivered conveniently through smartphones and the web have made it particularly attractive to millennials, and the bank now has almost two million customers in its launch country, Nigeria, where it operates as Kuda Microfinance Bank under license from the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“As Kuda continues to grow significantly, switching from a third-party card provider to a direct issuer of physical and virtual Visa cards will give the bank more control over the quality of card services it offers while also facilitating its mission to make banking accessible, affordable and rewarding for Africans, “it stated.
Kuda Technologies CEO, Babs Ogundeyi said, “Visa inspires confidence, and partnering with them to help us offer reliable card services independently has been one of our top priorities since Kuda launched in 2019. We’re proud that we’ve finally made this happen and we look forward to promoting cashless payments across Africa together.”
“The rapid pace of technology innovation has driven a powerful shift in business and consumer expectations in financial services,” said Andrew Uaboi, Country Manager, Visa Nigeria.
“Whether it is changing the way people invest, manage money, receive loans, or send real-time payments to friends and family, Visa is a natural partner for fintechs including Kuda, providing them with new ways to reach their customers through Visa’s vast network and global scale. We look forward to expanding the partnership to other countries in Africa as Kuda continues to scale across the continent,” Uaboi said.