Stellapps, a leading dairy-tech startup, has partnered with Airtel Payments Bank to enable cashless payment transfers to small dairy farmers and contribute to digital financial inclusion in the country. Stellapps offers holistic financial management program across the dairy value chain, with special programs designed to improve financial inclusion for dairy farmers through its mooPay fintech platform.
Airtel Payments Bank will now onboard the new partner milk collection centers of Stellapps as banking points. With milk collection centers operating as a banking point, farmers and other residents in the neighborhood will no longer have to travel long distances through these banking points, they will be able to open a bank account, withdraw and deposit cash, earn interest on savings, access Aadhaar Enabled Payments, get government pension schemes and make bill payments.
Rahul Mallick, CEO, Stellapps Fintech and Value Added Services app, said they are very excited to partner with Airtel Payments Bank as it will strengthen their service offering, help over one million dairy farmers with their banking needs and drive financial inclusion in the rural economy. “Effectively financial inclusion and prosperity goes hand-in-hand. Stellapps through its network and partner dairies is enabling payments, credit and insurance directly to farmers and Airtel Payments Bank’s assistance will provide products and services that have the potential to further increase farmer productivity and provide financial opportunities for them to further innovate and prosper.”
Ganesh Ananthanarayanan, Chief Operating Officer, Airtel Payments Bank, said they are delighted to partner with Stellapps to enable cashless payment transfers for the small dairy farmers. “Direct payments help farmers to be financially independent. Our unique and extensive distribution network allows us to offer the benefits of formal banking to these farmers. The initial success of this initiative has encouraged us to expand it nationally. This is in line with our stated philosophy of financial inclusion for all.”
Onboarding of the centers as banking points will happen in a phased manner. Through this collaboration, both entities aim to provide easy access to formal banking services to over one million small dairy farmers from around the country. The partner ecosystem has been piloted in Uttar Pradesh (Varanasi and Kanpur) and Madhya Pradesh (Gwalior). Over 120 milk collection centers are now also operating as Banking Points.
mooPay enabled milk collection centers not only enable fintech and value-added service delivery to farmers, but also enable access to a wide range of ecosystem partnerships to assist in farm improvement, animal health care, and nutrition services that help them improve animal productivity, quality of milk and thus income.