Steward Bank Launches Product Suite for Zimbabweans Living in the Diaspora

Steward Bank has launched a suite of innovative Diaspora Banking products targeted at Zimbabweans living, working or studying abroad.

The Diaspora Banking products allow Zimbabweans outside the country to carry out day-to-day banking transactions with their Steward Bank account from where they live, work, or play across the world.

Presently, customers in the diaspora will be able to access their account in one of two ways, either using Online Banking or their roaming Econet line. With the new Steward Bank Online Banking service, customers in the diaspora will be provided easy access to their accounts and have the ability to make RTGS payments, pay local bills and transfer money to local recipients.

Using EcoCash, customers will be able to make direct payments to individuals and service providers if they have a registered Econet line that has been activated for roaming and EcoCash Banking services. For customers in the diaspora, EcoCash Banking services allow access to the same EcoCash menu as local customers, as long as Diaspora Banking customers have linked their EcoCash wallet to their Steward Bank Account. As long as a customer has funds available in their Steward Bank account, they will be in a position to transfer money from their bank account to their EcoCash wallet, to purchase airtime and top up their phone credit. Customers will also be able to buy data bundles, make payments, send money and access their EcoCash$ave account as well as other Banking Services.

As part of the Diaspora Banking product suite, Steward Bank is now offering:

  • Diaspora Savings Account

The Diaspora Saving Account (DSA) is designed for savings towards a target asset purchase, or to set aside some money for unplanned eventualities, with easy access through online banking or on your mobile phone.

  • Diaspora Current Account

The Diaspora Current Account (DCA) is the transacting account which gives customers the ability to carry out payments and money transfers.

  • Fixed Deposit Account

The Diaspora Fixed Deposit Account (DFDA) – a fixed/tenure deposit account with attractive interest rates. The Account is funded conveniently through a stop order from the current account, creating convenience for the customer. The client chooses their desired length of investment ranging from 30, 60, 90 or 180 days.

  • EcoCash$ave Account

The EcoCash$ave Account is a savings account opened through the EcoCash e-Wallet. EcoCash Banking Services

Diaspora Savings and Current Account holders have access to EcoCash Banking Services which allow them to move money from their bank account to their wallet, and from their wallet direct to the recipients mobile phone in Zimbabwe.

“There’s a significant number of Zimbabweans outside the country remitting money to Zimbabwe on a regular basis and carrying out various transactions,” Steward Bank CEO Kwanele Ngwenya said. “As Steward Bank, we recognize the need to make it as convenient and easy as possible for those in the diaspora to retain direct control of their finances, regardless of where they are in the world.”

Mr Ngwenya added, “When we started our rebrand journey as Steward Bank, we made a commitment to be the most innovative bank in the country. The launch of our Diaspora Banking model is further evidence of that, following the successful launch of EcoCash$ave last year.”

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