“It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all”.
These words of Nelson Mandela are something we see in action every day. The African diaspora send around $40 billion to sub-Saharan region of Africa alone - more than twice the sum sent in Official Development Assistance, clearly demonstrating the power of Ubuntu. Funds which are used for healthcare, for education… to build a better world.
Our CEO Ismail Ahmed set out with a vision to find a better and safer way to move money around the world. After his own long struggle for justice, he set up WorldRemit using the compensation money he was granted to help to make a better world for others. Today, at WorldRemit we have the privilege of supporting our customers in fulfilling this legacy, helping the money they send to go further. By cutting the time wasted in travelling to agents and queuing to send money, we aim to help our customers to focus on achieving their personal goals.
As Mandela himself said, “There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” and it is our responsibility to help both our team and our customers to fulfil their potential. So, as we mark his legacy, we spoke to a few members of our team whose lives would have been very different without Mandela and who are who are actively involved in promoting this legacy today.
Alongside her work as PR Manager at WorldRemit, Akinyi is an Application Reader for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) which aims to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.
Growing up in the turbulent times of South Africa, Andrew saw the parallels between the Mandela’s legacy and power of remittances to support children, education and to build a better future. Inspired by the purpose of WorldRemit, he left the traditional finance world to join WorldRemit as Regional Director of WorldRemit in the Middle East and Africa and today he is helping us to improve access to our services in this region.
Like Andrew, Eryn grew up in South Africa seeing how Mandela was transforming the world he lived in and bringing people together from across the rainbow nation. Having studied software development in South Africa, Eryn is now applying his expertise to help us to connect people around the world through technology, ensuring that our systems can communicate effectively and safely with those of our payment partners around the world.
As a young child Mathiba and her family benefited from the Child Support Grant launched by the post-apartheid government of Nelson Mandela. It was also thanks to Mandela’s struggle and the international recognition it attracted, that Peace Corps volunteers came to her village and helped Mathiba to move to the US to continue her education.
Having joined WorldRemit in our customer service team, directly supporting our customers, Mathiba is now combining this experience with her studies in Marketing to help us to introduce our service to more people across the US as our North American Marketing Coordinator – and as the star of our ad campaign, you may recognise her from TV and billboards across Africa!