40Days 40Fintechs: Craft Silicon is a game changer in the payments space

Craft Silicon, a Kenyan headquartered FinTech that provides customized banking solutions for the financial sector across the world (PHOTO/Courtesy). KAMPALA — The payment industry is increasingly experiencing a high level of disruption that is reshaping the payments space, thanks to a surge of new technology-driven processes.

Operated by Financial Technology Companies (FinTech), the digital applications are enabling users to take payments to the next level in terms of speed, efficiency and convenience.

And one firm that has greatly contributed to this disruption in Uganda is Craft Silicon, a Kenyan headquartered FinTech that provides customized banking solutions for the financial sector across the world.

Craft Silicon was founded in 2000 when Kamal Budhabhatti developed an application to help manage expenses. It was then adopted by Micro Finance institutions before it later evolved into a core banking system dubbed the Bankers Realm in a space of two years.

Over the years, the FinTech has risen to become a market leader owing its success to the innovativeness.

It has over 35 commercial banks and 150 Micro Finance institutions on its core banking and core Micro Finance products, respectively.

According to the firm’s Uganda team leader John Baptist Ochieng, the FinTech is inspired by the desire to innovate so as to make financial products available and accessible to the target audiences easily and conveniently.

In addition to the core banking system, the firm is also a key player in the mobile banking; it has innovated mobile banking platforms for over 150 banking customers, connected to over 14 African countries. According to Ochieng, the company handles over 1.6 million transactions daily.

Under the mobile banking platform, one is able to pull money from their bank account into the mobile money wallet and vice versa.

It also facilitates bill payments for utility companies such as National Water and Sewerage Corporation and Umeme, buying airtime and loan access via mobile phones.

“As need arises every day for financial inclusion, we innovate around that to see that everyone can access their money or pay bills, loans and the like,” Ochieng said.Other products are self-account opening for connected banks, agency banking, an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for SMEs, an e-voucher system for farmers being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries and a payment gateway for the National Information Technology Authority that allows interoperability for all government ministries, departments and agencies.It is also working on another product that targets merchants’ payment, where one can pull […]

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