Using the power of crowdfunding, payment solution provider Ozow has launched a campaign to support those in need of a helping hand.
“We understand that the last year was incredibly tough for everyone, some more than others. To ensure that we play our part in making a difference, we have launched Ozow Wish as a way to give back to those who need it the most,” says Oriel Pays, Chief People Officer at Ozow.
“Whether it’s a financial investment for food security, infrastructure support to collect donations, or you just want to bring a smile to a child’s face by introducing them to their role model, nothing is too small or too big,” she adds.
To apply to Ozow Wish, members of the public need to upload a video to the website that explains the type of support that they or someone they know is needing.
A panel comprising of the Ozow team and its partners will review each submission to determine how Ozow Wish can help. Shortlisted beneficiaries will be contacted, which may include an in-person visit to better understand how better the panel can support the individual or organisation.
Using the power of the collective, Pays explains that Ozow will tap into its network of partners and merchants to pull together funding and resources to ensure that it is able to impact the lives of as many people as it can.
“Crowdfunding has been a phenomenal driving force to effect change in the lives of vulnerable individuals and communities. Apart from just tapping into our networks, we are also encouraging the public to show their support,” says Pays.
Ozow will share the shortlisted stories on the Ozow Wish website, with the option to donate directly to each cause. To ensure that the support goes directly to where it is needed, no fees will be levied on any donations.
In a report from the World Bank, it noted that financial technology (fintech) can play a role in poverty reduction and drive greater financial inclusion – particularly through payment technologies and crowdfunding platforms that connect would-be donors with a variety of causes and provide them with a safe and easy way to donate.
“Ozow is led by an unwavering commitment to enable and provide access to easy, fast and secure payment solutions to all. Doing so is vital to driving greater financial inclusion, bridging the digital divides and boosting shared prosperity in our country,” says Pays.
To find out more about Ozow Wish or to apply, visit ozowwish.ozow.com