Shopping online can seem like a daunting task to some people, especially considering the limited payment options and security issues that bog online transactions.
Alibaba-owned e-commerce platform, AliExpress, has slowly but steadily gained popularity in Kenya as the platform opens up the Chinese vast goods market to Kenyans.
International shopping in Kenya has mainly relied on third-party services such a Vitumob or Something Random, that aim to connect locals to the well-established platforms like Amazon but recently we have seen these shopping websites make an effort to directly reach their customer base in Kenya.
Good news for Kenyans is that they can now pay for goods bought on Aliexpress using their MPESA accounts. This feature is however only available when using the mobile application and is currently unavailable on the website.
Here’s how to checkout with M-PESA on AliExpress:
- Ensure you’re using the AliExpress Android app
- Shop for the goods you want
- During checkout, select M-PESA as your payment method
- Enter your Safaricom phone number
- Confirm your shipping details
- Click pay now