Maviance PLC, a Cameroon-based fintech, announced today that it has closed its Seed investment round of USD 3 million from the pan-African digital payments hub MFS Africa, which comes on board as a strategic investor.
Maviance will be using the new funding to increase its footprint in its Cameroon and to expand into other countries in the central African economic region (CEMAC).
Maviance chose MFS Africa as an investor to leverage on its pan-African infrastructure and its vast product offering and partnerships to deliver new digital financial products in the CEMAC region.
In Cameroon, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) employ over 90% of the workforce and contribute around 36% of GDP. However, many MSMEs lack access to digital financial services to grow their businesses.
Maviance, which serves over 500,000 unique customers a month joins MFS Africa who reaches over 320 million mobile money wallets in Africa and has connected key service providers, payment providers, financial institutions and mobile money operators to its Smobilpay digital financial services platform.
MFS Africa’s founder and CEO, Dare Okoudjou, who led the deal said: “The rapid development of digital financial services that we have seen in Cameroon over the past few years is poised to spread across the CEMAC region. This will further accelerate the demand for domestic and cross-border payment from MSMEs, social enterprises and corporates in the region.
Maviance, as a key infrastructure provider with its set of highly relevant products, is well-positioned to benefit from this growing demand. That is why we are thrilled to be partnering with the company, as we continue to broaden and deepen the reach of the MFS Africa Hub across Africa.”
Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Maviance has experienced increasing demand from businesses to digitize their payment processes and transition away from cash.
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