PAL, a Ghanaian fintech company, has developed a proprietary payment platform that helps banks, financial institutions and remittance business disburse money instantly to mobile wallets in different currencies.
Founded in January 2020 by Dady Maël and Kader Saka, PALIt creates its own payment infrastructure to cash-in and cash out to mobile wallets without the need of a third party technology component integration.
This service is offered as an API that allows for payment and inbound remittances, and loans. It also offers a web interface that allows you to use the internet to access many financial services provided by banks, financial institutions, and large brands around the world. You can instantly disburse cash in multiple currencies at very low costs to your mobile wallets in Africa.
“Many African countries do not have the proper payment infrastructure built to connect unbanked individuals owning mobile wallets to the international financial stream. In some countries where the infrastructure is in place, it is challenging to deal with the telecoms and can take literally three-to- seven months before getting the API,” Maël told Disrupt Africa.
A few startups across Africa are tackling this issue, MFS Africa and Zeepay among them, but Maël says they take the technical integrations from telecom operators and collapse them into one API for businesses. PAL is currently building the infrastructure.
Bootstrapped to date, the company is nonetheless already operating in Ghana and Benin, and planning an expansion into four additional countries – Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger and Senegal – very soon.
“We have seen a huge interest from companies willing to access the Benin market, and have started working with them. Benin has received more than US$200 million in 2017 from other countries, and has seen significant growth in the last two years and the arrival of COVID-19,” Maël said.
PAL charges a small percentage for every transaction through its platform. PAL has connected over 80 million mobile wallets with its payment system and received a mobile money distribution license.
“We have 11 companies onboard from Benin, Ghana, the US, Nigeria and France, and we have done a total of 50,000 transactions,” Maël said.