Update (3rd Nov, 2016): There have been many services on this list. However, many have since stopped offering the service. Others are shaky. I’ve decided to just retain two Chura and ePay-Kenya which seem to be very stable. I may not add any others to the list but you can always get reviews from social media or other industry players.
There was a time when it was extremely difficult to make PayPal to M-Pesa transfers. Blogs such as Like Chapaa featured lots of articles on how to withdraw money from PayPal in Kenya.
Those days, many people got scammed and lost lots of money due to joining dubious sites. Others used certain methods which worked for a while then stopped working. Players such as Babawatoto.com came up and started offering help at exorbitant rates.
Nowadays, there are many new entrants in the PayPal to M-Pesa field. Many people claim that they have great success rates and you get your money within minutes of withdrawing. Below are sites that can help you to make PayPal to M-Pesa transfers.
Question: Can You Withdraw Money from PayPal through a Kenyan Site?
No, you can’t. The only thing you can do is to be helped to make a transfer of your money from PayPal to your M-Pesa account through some processes unique to the service providers below.
The only way to withdraw money from PayPal (using PayPal’s “Withdraw” option) is through the Payoneer card). However, this method was disabled for new applications. If you still don’t have the Payoneer, apply for it through my referral link in this article and you’ll get free $25 once your account gets to $100.
Another great service that you can use to withdraw from PayPal is the Equity Bank PayPal Withdrawal Service.
So How Do PayPal to M-Pesa Companies Work?
Some sites sell you products or vouchers that you buy and pay via PayPal. Afterwards they will help you make a PayPal to M-Pesa transfer which will act as the final deliverable good. Others simply do direct exchanges where you send them money to their PayPal account and they send you the equivalent to your MPESA line. This transfer from PayPal to M-Pesa is what locals refer to as withdrawing money from PayPal in Kenya.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a PayPal to M-Pesa Company
- The safety of your PayPal account – Some great services do not involve sending money directly to a personal PayPal account. Others involve sending cash to a trusted person’s PayPal account then they send you the equivalent. Others exchange methods keep coming up. Withdrawing PayPal money in Kenya through suspicious guys may still work but soon the personal account will be limited (and so may your own account) in case the person gets in trouble with PayPal for whatever reason.
- The speed of delivery – How fast do you get your cash? Most service providers will make sure you get your PayPal money in your M-Pesa account within a few minutes.
- Quality of support – How is the support team? How do they respond to your queries?
- Exchange rate – How much money will you get at the end of the day?
Let’s look at a few companies that will actually help you access your PayPal money in Kenya as at the date of updating this article.
Provider #1: Chura
Chura is currently the talk of town. They are the only company that offers fully automated instant services. They also work 24/7 and give super rates. It is fast becoming a darling to the masses and has even been featured in top publications such as Nation media.
Safety of your account 5/5
They go to great lengths to ensure your account is safe.
Speed of delivery 5/5
This is the fastest PayPal to MPESA service known to man. You literally get the cash in less than 1 minute through their automated platform.
Quality of support 5/5
Chura offers 24/7 support. Another first in this industry.
Exchange rate 5/5
Chura’s team is always on the ground ensuring that they offer very competitive rates. From my research, their rates are better than most instant providers.
Provider #2 – ePay-Kenya
This has been a long time favorite for many. They are the most trusted players in the industry since they have been in this game for more almost a decade. Below are some quick ePay-Kenya ratings.
Safety of your account 5/5
You don’t send your cash to an individual. Your PayPal account will never get limited.
Speed of delivery 4.5/5
You will mostly get the cash in 30 minutes.
Quality of support 5/5
The ePay-Kenya Staff will respond to your support issue with utmost professionalism.
Exchange rate 4/5
They make sure they adjust their exchange rates accordingly. However, a few other guys give better rates.
I had a whole list here when writing this article. However, they all went under and these two are now slated as the most credible companies. I decided not to update this with other services since they seem to come and go real quick. You can always do a quick Google search to see which the latest one is. However, to be safe, make sure you check out their reviews to ensure they are not scammers.
There are many more coming up that I have not yet reviewed. I am sure many others will try to sell themselves in the comments section but before I review one, be cautious before sending them your cash. Feel free to leave your comments below on your experience with these and any other agencies.