The most popular way of international money transfer, in my opinion, is Western Union. However it has its challenges, chief among them the need to go queue at a bank counter or Western Union branch somewhere in order to receive your cash (in cash form!)
Nation Hela: fast, convenient
With Nation Hela International Money transfer, if the recipient has the Nation Hela card, the money is conveniently transferred into the card. It’s a VISA card, so they can withdraw the cash at any VISA-branded ATM countrywide. The recipient also gets SMS alerts whenever a transaction has taken place. No more queues at counters to get the cash that has been sent, and you have access to your money 24 hours a day.
Obtaining a Nation Hela Card
If you are in Kenya and regularly receive funds from abroad, the sensible thing would be to sign up for a Nation Hela card for Ksh. 500. You can do this at any Diamond Trust Bank branch, view thecomplete list here. The card can also be obtained from any Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi. After activating the card, you will then be ready to receive money on it.
Sending Money through Nation Hela
Wherever you are in the world, you can send money to a Nation Hela card holder at friendly rates (which you can view once signed into the website). You can send money from your bank account, credit card, or debit card. The money will be in the recipient’s Nation Hela card within 30 minutes and they will get a notification on their registered mobile phones.
If you wish to send money to someone who doesn’t have a Nation Hela card, you can still do so by sending directly into that person’s bank account, through the website. Choose the option of “(to a non-NationHela card holder”. The exact details are on the website.
Once the money is in your card, you can withdraw it at any VISA-branded ATM countrywide, or swipe your prepaid card to make payments.
Nation Hela Website
It’s not just a website explaining how to use Nation Hela, it’s also the platform on which you can just sign up and start using the card. I found the website quite comprehensive in explaining how it all works. I’d definitely use if I were receiving remittances from abroad; and when I also do go abroad, I’d be sure to get my mum the Nation Hela card!
I am going to sign up for the card anyway, load money into it, use the card for the usual purchases (it’s a prepaid VISA as I said) and hopefully win something!