WorldRemit, a UK-based remittances start-up, has launched its instant money transfers to Airtel Money wallets in Niger.

The launch will enable Airtel subscribers in Niger to instantly receive remittance payments on their phones instead of travelling to a foreign exchange bureau to collect cash.

In addition to instant transfers to Airtel Money wallets, WorldRemit also offers the option for people in Niger to collect transfers as cash at any branch of BINCI and Poste du Niger.

WorldRemit said that Orange and Moov subscribers can also receive remittances as airtime top up.

Alix Murphy, senior mobile analyst at WorldRemit, said: "At WorldRemit we want to give people the power to share money anytime, anywhere. With the WorldRemit app, the Nigerien diaspora can now send money to their loved ones back in Niger – just like an instant message."

WorldRemit is currently integrated to more than 30 services in 20 plus nations across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.