Egyptian ecommerce platform, Wasla, raises $9M in funding

Group headshot of the Wasla Contact team

Wasla, the Egyptian e-commerce mobile web browser and desktop extension, has raised $9 million in funding from Contact Financial Holding. With the tie-up, Contact will support Wasla’s product rollout and regional expansion with the aim of enabling e-commerce, payments and credit for large audiences in emerging markets. This will take place via its various tools supported by a new suite of financial services offerings including online payments and Buy Now Pay Later.

Founded in 2019 by Mahmoud El Said, Serag Meneassy, and Taymour Sabry, Wasla is focused on optimising the end-to-end online shopping experience and is the first emerging markets mobile web browser and desktop extension that helps users save money, pay securely, build their credit profiles and gain access to flexible and convenient financing.

The startup currently has 35 team members, 1.5 million app downloads, with 8.5x year on year growth in total e-commerce traffic. 

In 2025, the whole e-commerce sector in Africa might reach a value of over 46.1 billion U.S. dollars according to Statista.

Mahmoud El Said, CEO of Wasla commented, “Having personally worked with the Contact team before, I was always amazed at what they have been able to build as a leading consumer finance platform in the region. This is why we believe this deep partnership, leveraging Contact’s market position, experience, and fully digitised loan origination process, will allow us to expand our offering catering to the online shopping experience by introducing completely new ways to help consumers save money on each online purchase, pay securely, build their credit profiles, and borrow flexibly.”

Wasla’s current focus is on optimising the e-commerce search and discovery experience by helping users save money online through aggregating deals for a network of over 100 local and regional e-commerce merchants (similar to US startup Honey, which sold to PayPal in 2019 for $4 billion). 

Contact — formerly Sarwa Capital — is Egypt’s largest consumer finance platform, transforming the way people access finance since 2001. As the first financial services platform to introduce advanced credit scoring and collection mechanisms in Egypt, this strategic investment adds to Contact’s growing footprint in fintech, particularly in e-commerce, allowing Contact to engage consumers at the beginning of their e-commerce journey while they search, discover, and shop online. This investment reinforces Contacts’ quest to enable tech-first ventures in Egypt’s financing ecosystem. 

Hazem Moussa, Chairman of Contact Financial, commented: “We are thrilled to be supporting the Wasla team to build out their vision of a digital ecosystem enabling online shopping for all.  With over twenty years of innovation in consumer financial services, this strategic investment demonstrates Contact’s drive to multiply its reach and empower businesses with its advanced credit services platform.”

Said Zater, Managing Director and Group CEO of Contact Financial, added: “This partnership comes as Contact continues to extend its credit services platform to serve digital channels.  We look forward to supporting Wasla in its rollout of payments and financing tools, bringing the quality and superior customer experience that has come to be expected of Contact.  We will continue to seek new ways with which we can serve our expanding audience with high quality services through a wide variety of channels, continuing to transform the way consumers and businesses access financial services.” 

Read more: Egypt tech startup Breadfast secures $26-million in series A round

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