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Insights from our work helping businesses in Africa build better financial solutions, and the latest news from the Stitch team

Featured • 6 December 2022

Inside the new and improved Stitch developer docs

At Stitch, we take our developer experience very seriously. After all, it’s the devs that are spending time poring over our docs and code to ...
Company
24 November 2022

5 Questions for Stitch Head of Engineering Henk van Jaarsveld

Describe your job to a 10-year-old. At Stitch, we build technology that enables money to move from one person to another person or to a ...
by Lucille Wilcox, Content Marketing Manager
Product
23 November 2022

Offer users even more ways to pay with Stitch Direct Deposit

Over the last year, we’ve seen continued growth in our flagship Instant EFT solutions, which have allowed businesses to make it easier than ever for ...
by Junaid Dadan, CPO
Industry
15 November 2022

How to optimise your checkout flow ahead of Black Friday

As Black Friday looms, e-commerce businesses of all sizes are deep in preparation mode to ensure they’re able to meet consumer demand and deliver an ...
by Lucille Wilcox, Content Marketing Manager
Reports
2 November 2022

Guide: Launching a business in South Africa

Every day, we see more innovative and impactful businesses launching and scaling across Africa – and more global businesses choosing to enter African markets. At ...
by Lucille Wilcox, Content Marketing Manager
Company
31 October 2022

5 Questions for Full Stack Engineer, Carla Wilby

Describe your job to a 10-year-old. What I do at Stitch is almost like building a puzzle. We’ve created a bunch of different puzzle pieces ...
by Lucille Wilcox, Content Marketing Manager
Stories
26 October 2022

How Stitch works with Pay@ to increase Instant EFT conversion for real-time bill settlements

Problem: Bill and payments aggregator Pay@ aims to make it as easy as possible for South African consumers to settle their bills in real time. ...
by Lucille Wilcox, Content Marketing Manager
Stories
24 October 2022

Peach Payments partners with Stitch to launch Instant EFT checkouts for merchants across South Africa

South Africa-based digital payments gateway Peach Payments and API fintech Stitch have partnered to enable online merchants across South Africa to accept secure, low-cost instant ...
by Thea Sokolowski, Head of Marketing & Communications​
Industry
4 October 2022

The anatomy of an e-commerce tech stack

As e-commerce booms in South Africa, rising steadily off the back of a boost from the pandemic, upwards of 70% of South Africans are making ...
by Thea Sokolowski, Head of Marketing & Communications​
Product
29 September 2022

Guide: Top 5 reasons e-commerce customers abandon cart (and how to prevent it)

It’s estimated that South African e-commerce retailers are losing over R20 billion to frequent cart abandonment. On the whole, consumers tend to be most frustrated ...
by Grant James, Head of Business Development
Company
28 September 2022

5 Questions for Stitch Head of Customer Solutions, Priyen Pillay

Describe your job to a 10-year-old. Let’s say you’re building a house. You’d probably need to outsource some pieces to experts – plumbers for the ...
by Lucille Wilcox, Content Marketing Manager
Product
16 September 2022

Stitch one-click checkout for e-commerce enterprises

Stitch Chief Operations Officer Andrew Ma details the various trends underpinning the growing South African e-commerce industry and how Stitch LinkPay can enable seamless payment ...
by Andrew Ma, COO
Stories
1 September 2022

Zapper partners with Stitch to offer fast, secure one-click payments

Problem: Payments and rewards platform Zapper sought to provide increased choice and optionality for their merchants and consumers when it comes to the way they’re ...
by Lucille Wilcox, Content Marketing Manager
Industry
31 August 2022

Highlights from our virtual panel on building with crypto in South Africa

With a cryptocurrency ownership rate of 10%, or four million people, South Africa ranks 18th out of 26 countries for crypto adoption according to a ...
by Lucille Wilcox, Content Marketing Manager
Stories
29 August 2022

How blockchain-based micro-investing platform upnup is revolutionising savings in South Africa

Problem: upnup founders set out to change the savings mentality in South Africa with a seamless, blockchain-based micro-savings app. But they couldn’t find a way ...
by Lucille Wilcox, Content Marketing Manager
Company
25 August 2022

5 Questions for Stitch Integrations Engineer, Pivendren Naik

Describe your job to a 10-year-old. I’m part of the Stitch engineering team, and my job is to talk to banks through computers. Our system ...
by Lucille Wilcox, Content Marketing Manager
Developers
24 August 2022

How Stitch automates code quality checks using GitHub Actions

When reviewing code, developers often check code quality manually. At Stitch, we found that we could get reviews done faster and catch more errors by using ...
by Jethro Muller, Senior Full Stack Engineer
Company
17 August 2022

Security expert Chris Castaldo joins Stitch as Security Advisor

Security expert Chris Castaldo, CISO at Crossbeam, author of Start-Up Secure, and Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute, joins Stitch as a Security Advisor ...
by Lucille Wilcox, Content Marketing Manager
Industry
11 August 2022

Follow the Thread: How a seamless crypto payments experience pays off for Luno

In episode 3 of our newly launched vlog series, Follow the Thread, Stitch Head of Business Development Grant James sits down with Luno Payment Integrations ...
by Lucille Wilcox, Content Marketing Manager
Industry
4 August 2022

Follow the Thread: How Centbee created a payments system leveraging blockchain

In episode 2 of our newly launched vlog series Follow the Thread, Stitch Head of Business Development Grant James sits down with Centbee co-founder Angus ...
by Lucille Wilcox, Content Marketing Manager
Product
3 August 2022

Stitch for crypto platforms: Enabling seamless funding and withdrawals

Head of Business Development Grant James walks us through how Stitch can enable crypto platforms to offer seamless fiat wallet funding and withdrawal experiences, and ...
by Grant James, Head of Business Development
Company
28 July 2022

5 Questions for Stitch Head of Customer Success, Dewald Müller

Describe your job to a 10-year-old. The best way to describe my role is by using Lego as an analogy. Let’s say you buy a ...
by Lucille Wilcox, Content Marketing Manager
Industry
25 July 2022

The anatomy of a crypto tech stack

Blockchain, crypto and web3 companies are launching South Africa at a rapid pace. One of the keys to their ability to get off the ground ...
by Thea Sokolowski, Head of Marketing & Communications​
Stories
20 July 2022

Crypto platform OVEX offers fee-free Instant EFT deposits with Stitch

Problem: OVEX customers were relying on manual transfers to make a deposit into their crypto wallets. As a result, they had to wait for banks ...
by Thea Sokolowski, Head of Marketing & Communications​
Product
15 July 2022

Stitch Payouts for Payment Service Providers (PSPs)

Stitch Channel Partnerships Lead Jessica Manthey shares how Stitch Payouts can simplify and automate diverse payments operations for PSPs, at scale.   The role of ...
by Jess Manthey, Channel Partnerships Lead
Industry
12 July 2022

Creating a seamless payments experience

Advancements in payments technology and innovation from both established players and newcomers to the space are playing an integral role in redesigning the customer payment ...
by Lucille Wilcox, Content Marketing Manager
Product
5 July 2022

Stitch for Insurance: Powering instant claims settlement

Stitch Head of Customer Success Dewald Müller explains how Stitch Payouts can dramatically improve claims settlement processes for insurance businesses and insurtechs. Insurance products are ...
by Dewald Müller, Head of Customer Success
Company
30 June 2022

5 Questions for Stitch Channel Partnerships Lead, Jess Manthey

Describe your job to a 10-year-old. Think of me as an apple farmer. Instead of going to the market each day to sell my fruit ...
by Lucille Wilcox, Content Marketing Manager
Product
29 June 2022

Stitch Payouts makes it easier for businesses to move money

In April we launched Stitch LinkPay, making it easier than ever for customers to pay by enabling seamless one-click pay-ins via tokenised financial accounts. Now ...
by Junaid Dadan, CPO
Developers
28 June 2022

What are webhooks and how do they work?

Webhooks provide developers with updates about requests made to the Stitch API. Stitch Senior Support Specialist Tobi Fasipe and Head of Customer Solutions Priyen Pillay ...
by Tobi Fasipe, Senior Support Specialist
Industry
21 June 2022

Optimise your payments journey: UI/UX best practices for LinkPay

The Stitch design team walks us through UI/UX best practices for providing an optimal payments experience with LinkPay. As more innovative financial products and services ...
by Lucille Wilcox, Content Marketing Manager
Stories
15 June 2022

How Wonga uses Stitch to help South Africans access loans in < 10 minutes

Leading South African digital lender Wonga leverages Stitch Financial Data to dramatically reduce loan approval times and get customers access to funds faster. Problem: Wonga ...
by Thea Sokolowski, Head of Marketing & Communications​
Industry
31 May 2022

Why demand for faster digital payment channels is increasing in Africa

How people pay for services and goods has never remained static. Businesses and individuals have always tried to move money faster. Since the first electronic ...
by Abraham Augustine, Senior Writer at Tech Cabal
Stories
26 May 2022

How Stitch Financial Data powers FlexClub’s smart vehicle recommendation engine

Problem: When vehicle subscription platform FlexClub began offering private subscriptions to individual customers, they needed a fast and secure way to assess potential customers’ affordability ...
by Thea Sokolowski, Head of Marketing & Communications​
Company
25 May 2022

5 questions for Stitch Head of Product Partnerships Neha Kumar

Describe your job to a 10-year-old. I build relationships with banks we would like to work with so we can build better products for our ...
by Thea Sokolowski, Head of Marketing & Communications​
Developers
12 May 2022

Introducing the Stitch Tech Stack

Stitch Full Stack Engineer James Foster walks us through the Stitch tech stack and shares some of the technologies and engineering patterns that our engineering ...
by James Foster, Full Stack Engineer
Industry
28 April 2022

What is VRP and why does it matter in South Africa and Nigeria?

As open banking innovation continues to gain traction globally, variable recurring payments (VRP) is often seen as the key to its future success. With our ...
by Junaid Dadan, CPO
Company
25 April 2022

5 questions for Stitch Head of Business Development Grant James

Describe your job to a 10-year-old. I help business owners, inventors and operators discover tools that can make their businesses grow faster. Also, when people ...
by Thea Sokolowski, Head of Marketing & Communications​
Product
25 April 2022

Introducing Stitch LinkPay: link an account for one-click pay-ins and payouts

We’re excited to officially launch our core payments product, Stitch LinkPay. This is the first payments solution that tokenises financial accounts and enables variable recurring ...
by Junaid Dadan, CPO
Industry
14 April 2022

What are the benefits of instant bank transfers in South Africa?

More than 40% of consumers in South Africa indicated a simpler checkout experience would play a role in encouraging them to complete an e-commerce purchase. ...
by Thea Sokolowski, Head of Marketing & Communications​
Company
24 March 2022

5 questions for Stitch Integration Support Engineer Lebo Morojele

We’re fortunate at Stitch to work with some of the best and brightest in the fintech space on the continent. Every month we’ll shine a ...
by Thea Sokolowski, Head of Marketing & Communications​
Stories
20 March 2022

Akiba Digital chooses Stitch for fraud-free access to financial data

Problem: The Akiba Digital team was using an international data provider to onboard and verify businesses on their platform, and to access their transaction and ...
by Thea Sokolowski, Head of Marketing & Communications​
Industry
17 March 2022

First Stitch Startup Showcase concludes in Cape Town

Last month, Stitch and The Raba Partnership team invited investors from across the globe, and founders from across the continent, to South Africa for our ...
by Thea Sokolowski, Head of Marketing & Communications​
Developers
9 March 2022

How to integrate Stitch using GraphQL

With this article, we aim to provide useful code examples as well as to demystify GraphQL, and to give you the tools you need to ...
by Jethro Muller, Senior Full Stack Engineer
Company
14 February 2022

We’re excited to announce our $21m Series A round

Stitch is building the financial infrastructure to enable Africa’s thriving fintech sector The round is led by The Spruce House Partnership, with participation from PayPal ...
by Thea Sokolowski, Head of Marketing & Communications​
Stories
11 February 2022

A year of growth: measuring impact

At Stitch, our mission is to power Africa’s tech companies with the financial infrastructure they need to more easily launch, optimise and scale their businesses. ...
by Thea Sokolowski, Head of Marketing & Communications​
Developers
9 February 2022

Get up and running faster, with Stitch self-serve

Part of living up to our mission of supporting businesses across Africa is to enable them to start building their products as soon as possible, ...
by Junaid Dadan, CPO
Stories
31 January 2022

Stitch partners with Revio

South Africa-based Revio helps SaaS and subscription businesses across Africa better manage recurring payments and collections. Stitch and Revio have partnered to offer Revio customers ...
by Thea Sokolowski, Head of Marketing & Communications​
Industry
20 January 2022

The anatomy of an African fintech’s tech stack

Wallet, P2P payments + remittances solutions It takes a community to enable a fintech to thrive. We took a look at what a typical “fintech ...
by Thea Sokolowski, Head of Marketing & Communications​
Company
7 January 2022

How Stitch API security protocols are like a modern hotel

Stitch CTO Natalie Cuthbert breaks down the security protocols of the Stitch API, comparing them to the security of a modern hotel. Those who still ...
by Natalie Cuthbert, CTO
Product
15 December 2021

What is an Instant EFT?

In South Africa, Stitch provides the infrastructure that enables Instant EFTs – or Instant Electronic Funds Transfers – so our customers can conduct seamless and ...
by Andrew Ma, COO
Stories
13 December 2021

With Stitch, Bitvice helps South Africans start investing in Bitcoin in under 2 minutes

Problem: Bitvice relied on manual documentation and KYC checks when onboarding new customers, which often took more than 15 minutes and led to high dropoff ...
by Thea Sokolowski, Head of Marketing & Communications​
Stories
7 December 2021

ImaliPay expands to South Africa with Stitch as payments and open banking partner

Problem: ImaliPay needed a trusted payments partner in South Africa that could provide a seamless experience for their users at affordable rates Solution: With Stitch, ...
by Thea Sokolowski, Head of Marketing & Communications​
Stories
25 November 2021

Rentoza launches pure subscription model, leans on Stitch to improve collections rate by 20%

Problem: Rentoza was validating customer identification and behavior manually and lacked data insights needed to quickly and accurately make an assessment. As a result, monthly ...
by Thea Sokolowski, Head of Marketing & Communications​
Industry
24 November 2021

5 ways to help your customers avoid phishing scams during Black Friday

With the holiday season looming, many shoppers are looking to take advantage of Black Friday / Cyber Monday discounts with their favourite online sellers. But ...
by Ion Todd, CISO
Product
10 November 2021

Product Update: November 2021

Stitch is on a mission to build what we call the financial graph for Africa – made up of the financial building blocks that can ...
by Natalie Cuthbert, CTO
Company
28 October 2021

Hello Nigeria! and the Financial Graph

We started our journey by providing fintech companies with access to financial account data, and, over the past seven months, we’ve grown our API volumes ...
by Kiaan Pillay, CEO
Stories
23 September 2021

Stitch to serve as payments partner for Chipper Cash in South Africa

Today marks a historic day for us here at Stitch. Over the last nine months, we’ve been working closely with the Chipper Cash team to ...
by Kiaan Pillay, CEO
Product
23 September 2021

Introducing Stitch Payments

Announcing the launch of our new product line: Stitch payments is now live.
by Andrew Ma, COO
Stories
11 September 2021

How Franc dropped its users’ potential portfolio funding costs by 80%

Franc is using Stitch Payments to offer its users a more affordable and seamless way to fund their investment portfolios.
by Benjamin Dada, Stitch Nigeria Country Manager
Company
25 February 2021

Hello world! Stitch announces a $4M seed round and leaves stealth mode behind

At Stitch, we’re good at some things. We’re good at building APIs, and we’re good at helping people solve their problems with APIs.
by Kiaan Pillay, CEO

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