Migrants will be able to send money to their families with the help of the OKY app

El Metropolitano | Mario Reyes

Remittances are a fundamental engine of the country’s economy.

The OKY application, developed by Guatemalans and for Guatemalans, today enabled the free service of sending digital vouchers from stores and national brands so that migrants abroad can meet the needs of their families in the country.

Improve the lives of migrants in the United States.

OKY, developed by Guatemalans and launched on the Android platform or App Store, in December 2019, aims to improve the lives of migrants in the United States.

Víctor Unda, co-founder of the application, indicated that, as an expression of solidarity during the emergency due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the use of the platform will be free from June to September of this year.

“In this way, we join the call of the Government of Guatemala to help in times of crisis,” said Unda.

During the presentation of the service, the Minister of Economy, Antonio Malouf, participated, thanking the entrepreneurs for presenting these innovations that allow mitigating the impacts of the pandemic and supporting the economic reactivation of the country.

How it works?

The way to use it is simple for people who reside in the United States:

  1. the application is downloaded
  2. buscar un punto de venta autorizado por OKY en to load the balance in cash
  3. top up with credit card or PayPal
  4. choose the store where the family will shop
  5. select the amount of the digital voucher or specific product
  6. send the voucher via text message
  7. the family member will receive a message with the code to exchange the cash for the products they need

“Remittances are a fundamental engine of the country’s economy and that is why I want to thank this contribution that represents an aid to our Guatemalan brothers, who through their work contribute to the development of the country,” said Malouf.

Dunia Miranda, in charge of directing and coordinating cooperation at the Guatemalan Consulate in Miami, spoke about the challenges of the Guatemalan migrant community in the United States and indicated that this application will allow them to continue contributing to the family economy.

Today more than ever, digital tools present solutions that allow us to continue our daily activities, maintaining distance measures, without jeopardizing the achievement of our objectives ”, Miranda emphasized.


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