FOR 17 years now, the Homelink group’s business has revolved around contributing positively to Zimbabwe’s economic development. Founded with a mandate of serving the diaspora market, the institution has evolved into a strong financial institution serving both the diaspora and local markets with property development, remittances, bureau de change and micro-finance solutions.
Having been in the remittance space for 11 years, Homelink Private Limited, continues to provide a safe, efficient and reliable connection between Zimbabweans at home and abroad.
The money transfer division does not only provide a seamless platform allowing people to send and receive money across the globe; it also facilitates local transfers. Despite the COVID-19-induced lockdown and growing competition in the remittance space, Homelink Private Limited managed to pay out US$45 million dollars as at the 15th of May 2021.
“We remain a key player in connecting the diaspora and their loved ones. A remittance goes beyond a financial transaction, it is love, health, education and so much more. On the local front, Homelink is also actively involved in sending money between the cities. The transaction is instant, affordable and done in a safe environment,” Homelink Managing Director Dr. Tawanda Matembo says.
Homelink is a composite financial group that offers more than remittance services. Homelink’s bureau de change has recently started offering foreign currency services to individuals and Small Scale Enterprise clients.
“Another exciting development has been the introduction of foreign currency sales through our Bureau de Change. Our clientele has welcomed this noble move by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe allowing individuals and Small Scale Enterprises to access forex at the official rate,” Dr. Matembo adds.
“There has been an overwhelming response to the offer, with customers coming through with medical bills, educational invoices and travel documents, just to mention a few. To date, 70% of the money we have allocated has gone towards inventory, spares and machinery. This is a reflection of the need that is within the Small Scale Enterprise productive sector, whilst 15.49% has been for educational requirements.”
The foreign currency service is available at Homelink’s six major branches in Harare, Gweru, Bulawayo and Mutare. All one needs are authentic international invoices and an ID. The process is very efficient, with most requests processed instantly.