Ask anyone about the pace of technological innovation in Africa and they’ll usually point you straight to Kenya.
That’s not surprising - Safaricom’s hugely successful M-PESA service has put east Africa in the international limelight for leapfrogging the traditional banking sector with its mobile payments revolution.
But if you travel just a few miles west, Kenya’s smaller next-door neighbour Uganda is experiencing a major mobile revolution of its own.
The country is home to more than 19.5 million mobile wallets – almost as high as Kenya’s 25.4 million – making it one of the biggest mobile money markets in the world.
Mobile money (the industry term for mobile payment services like M-PESA) has been available in Uganda since 2009, and has come to form a crucial thread in the country’s economic and social fabric.
Talk to any Ugandan and it’s easy to see why.
Staying connected to life in the village is extremely important for many Ugandans. Whether you’re from the matooke and fish-loving Nile area around Lake Victoria, or the ugali and groundnut stew loving North, Ugandans are proud of their roots.