The Karri app, launched in April last year, has grown to just under 300 South African schools. Photo: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN – Education Payment Solutions company Karri has expanded its offering to include collections for just about any purpose or organisation that wants to collect from its members.

Karri is best known as a platform used for school payments such as civvies days or school outings by parents to make payments for these activities via an app.

Launched in April 2017, it has grown to just under 300 South African schools according to Doug Hoernle, the founder of Karri. 

“Karri has provided a phenomenal solution to any school collecting funds for school outings, tours, civvies days and school fees. Instead of parents sending envelopes full of cash to their school, they can make a quick, safe and convenient payment direct from their mobile phone

 “The obvious next step was to expand the use of Karri to churches, camps, extra-mural activities, sports clubs, universities, rate payers associations, support groups and even fundraising campaigns. Karri can be used in just about any situation when funds need to be collected from a community", said Hoernle.

According to Hoernle, Users have said that people pay faster when using Karri as it makes it so much easier for them. 

"Because Karri sends a message to members about collection requests, and reminds members to pay when they forget, we have found our schools and organisations collect far more from their parents and members with Karri than they did previously", said Hoernle.

When developing the app, Hoernle explains that he saw the need for the app when he noticed what an incredible nightmare it is for a school to collect funds from parents.

"Schools send countless e-mails, SMSes and other communication to parents to remind them to pay for various collections. Parents often don’t carry the right change and forget about the collection. I decided to build a solution to solve this problem so that teachers focus on teaching instead of being the class debt collector" said Hoernle. 

According to Hoernle, Karri is powered by Nedbank, but users can use any bank for payments. 

“We are an accredited payments provider,” explains Hoernle, “and we wanted to meet bank level regulation and compliance requirements to increase our credibility and ensure secure use of the app. 

These are the schools that are using Karri:

  • Grey College, 
  • Westerford High, 
  • The Grove Primary,
  •  Rhenish High and Primary, 
  • St Johns College, 
  • Jeppe Boys High, Bishop Bavin, 
  • Our Lady of Fatima,
  • Paarl Girls High and many other private and public schools across South Africa.

Other organisations that have started to use the app include scouts groups and churches. 

Karri is available for Android and iOS devices.

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