Designing a Mobile Wallet in South Africa and Nigeria
Design and marketing strategy of mobile wallet for small and medium size enterprises.
PayU. April 14- June 15. South Africa and Nigeria.
Challenge and outcome
A mobile wallet that allowed SMEs make business and day-to- day payments. The wallet tackled the transition to African mobile payments from a cash mentality.
This project was driven by a deep understanding of the African mindset around cash payments and the increasing transition to mobile payments for some key services.
The outcome was the design and launch of a mobile wallet that catered for SMEs’ payment needs and middle men in Nigeria who made payments on their behalf.
Participant observation of SMEs owners’ payment ecosystem
In this project I was responsible for directly organising the logistics behind the fieldwork with a total of 45 interviewees in South Africa and Nigeria.
The sample included SMEs and cash payers. The challenge of the brief was to find people willing to conduct participant observation and disclose their spending patterns.
I managed this successfully by immersing myself into their environments, which included their workplaces, markets, shops where they could send money via mobile payments and the shops they owned.
In this process I worked closely with the CEO and the product owner to ensure the insights informed the design of the mobile wallet and I helped identify which groups of customers to target.
My deliverables included:
+ Ecosystem map of payment methods,
+ Payment journey,
+ Insights summary and
The successful launch and uptake of the mobile wallet in South Africa and Nigeria. E-commerce is making steady progress in South Africa with projected growth to over $4M by 2018, at a 15% rate through 2021. This poses a great opportunity for the adoption of cashless payments in South Africa.