Safaricom and the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) earlier today announced a partnership that sees the government agency tasked with collecting, investing and redistributing retirement funds in the country bring its services to the M-Pesa super app in the form of a mini-app.
Mini-apps, on the M-Pesa app are, basically, apps within an app, hence the names (mini-app to describe them and super app, for the app housing them).
Mini-apps were introduced with the new M-Pesa super app when it went live in mid-2021.
According to Safaricom, the M-Pesa super app has netted over 5 million users since its launch half a year ago.
At the launch of the M-Pesa super app, Safaricom promised several mini-apps as time goes by. Over the last few months, we have seen this promise being kept with the arrival of the DStv mini-app in August and several other additions.
Via the NSSF mini-app on the M-Pesa super app, users can register for membership, keep tabs on their contributions, top-up their accounts and manage their accounts. They can also make Tenant Purchase Scheme (TPS) payments from the M-Pesa app.
Like other mini-apps, the NSSF mini-app is accessible through the Discover section of the M-Pesa app.
“As part of the launch, the first 1,000 NSSF members to make contributions through the NSSF M-PESA Mini App will get an extra 10% free topped up to their account,” Safaricom says in a statement.
With NSSF membership being mandatory for all formal employment in the country, the pairing of NSSF services with an app that facilitates the usage of the country’s most popular mobile money platform sounds like a match made in heaven and should make it easy for many members to stay updated with what’s happening to their accounts.