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Aug 3, 2022

Ekyash Conveniently Used During International Music & Food Festival

There was a lot of economic activity on the island town of San Pedro over the weekend. As thousands of persons filed onto the Saca Chispas Field for the Belize International Music and Food Festival, opportunities were provided for consumers and businesses to engage in the purchasing and selling of foods using digital money. Belize Bank’s Ekyash was available on the grounds and partygoers were being encouraged to go cashless because the app is safe and allows you to purchase food and pay with the scan of a code. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

With the advancement of technology, the transfer of money between patrons and a respective establishment has been made easier by use of cashless apps. At the Belize International Music and Food Festival which was loaded with activities, it was not only more convenient, but safer in that you didn’t have to worry about the risk of losing cash. With a simple scan of a QR code, those coming out to the festival could have enjoyed a wide variety of food and drinks.


Imer Cordova, Customer Service Officer, Belize Bank

“We are here providing services where people bring their physical cash and we tap up their personal wallets. And this enables them to go around and purchase the bar coupons and also to purchase food from the different vendors that are registered Ekyash users as well. It is quite easy and convenient cause imagine if you lose your fifty dollars – that would hurt me – so what you do is you come in, you give us the cash and we transfer it to your wallet and you can buy your coupons and it is very fast and convenient. And for businesses, they don’t need to go around looking for change, the money just gets transferred to their wallet.”


…and people were readily signing up and downloading the app during the festival. Some of the vendors offered customers the option, which helped with swift payment processing when dealing with the traffic to their booth.


Nicole Dunn

Nicole Dunn, Itza Caribbean Flavours

“We have the best of foods out here; we are representing everything San Pedro has to offer and of course we have beautiful music from all over our country. We try to give customers the best service as possible and even if that means you don’t have cash in hand, we take Ekyash. It works the best, I could say. Scanning is quick, it is efficient and it is easy.”


Norma Arevalo, Owner, Norma’s Deli

“Tacos, quesadillas, rice and beans, chipotle, lobster dip and the pupusas.”


Duane Moody

“A lotta people sometimes they have to use cash to buy these things, but with you guys, they don’t necessarily have to bring cash. They can use Ekyash.”


Norma Arevalo

“Yes, Ekyash”


Duane Moody

“So they don’t need to have physical money in their hand?”


Norma Arevalo

Norma Arevalo

“No, no physical money.”


Duane Moody

“So just bring yo device and scan a code and you pay?”


Norma Arevalo

“Yes. It is easier.”


Duane Moody

“Did anybody use these services?”


Norma Arevalo



Ekyash – a convenient app – quick, efficient and easy. Duane Moody for News Five.

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