Workpay and Kwara partner to offer streamlined HR and Payroll services to saccos in Kenya




Digital banking fintech startup Kwara has partnered with Workpay to offer Savings and Credit Co-operative Societies (SACCOs) in Kenya with human resource management (HRM) and payroll processing solutions. The partnership will enable SACCOs to automate their Human Resource (HR) processes as a complimentary service to Kwara’s products, that is Core Banking, Online and Mobile Banking and Open API service.

Through the partnership SACCOs will be able to carry out seamless payroll processing into SACCO accounts and enjoy access to a HR module for efficient management of their staff. This will conveniently allow them to manage their HR functionalities such as time and attendance, leave management, payroll processing, compliance and performance management for their employees.

(TOP: Cynthia Wandia, the co-founder and CEO, Kwara and Paul Kimani, co-founder and CEO of Workpay).

Cynthia Wandia, co-founder and CEO, Kwara, says: “We are constantly seeking to offer SACCOs a complete package to run their operations. Our partnership with Workpay is in line with our ambition to build the infrastructure that connects SACCOs and their members to existing infrastructure. We are excited for this next step in getting SACCOs a fully integrated, digital operating system.

Paul Kimani, co-founder and CEO, Workpay, says: “Our goal is to aid African SMEs in their growth by providing them with tools that bring efficiency in their people operations. Saccos are important financial institutions to millions of people in Africa and what Kwara is doing with them resonates with our mission at Workpay.

The partnership is a strategic initiative to drive digitization of SACCOs through leveraging on both Kwara’s and Workpay’s proven strengths in the digital banking and HR space.

Kwara is on a mission to bring modern financial services to 1 billion people, powered by credit unions. The firm offers SaaS solutions to credit unions to upgrade their back-office operations, then offer existing credit union members a neobank consumer app. Currently, Kwara serves over 66,000 members and handles up to $40 million in monthly transactions on its platform. Kwara is backed by top global investors and accelerators such as Norrsken Impact Accelerator, Google for Startups, Catalyst Fund, and Mastercard Start Path.

Workpay is a people management platform that enables businesses to hire, manage and pay employees from anywhere in Africa. The platform offers tools for HR management, payroll, compliance, benefits and salary disbursement in over 20 currencies in Africa for both local and remote teams. Workpay is backed by top global investors including Y Combinator, Kepple Africa Ventures, Google for Startups, P1 Ventures and Musha Ventures.

 

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