The achievement was made possible by Remitly’s customers, mostly immigrant workers sharing their earnings with their families. To honor them, today the company also announced the launch of its #WhyISend campaign, providing a platform to share real-life stories around why people send money abroad.
“For many families around the world, remittances are a lifeline and the primary source of income. These customers deserve a voice and platform to be recognized, especially with the vitriolic rhetoric around immigration,” said CEO and co-Founder Matt Oppenheimer.
The reality is immigrant workers make incredible sacrifices to leave their families to earn a living and share their wages with the loved ones who stayed behind. #WhyISend is designed to give these immigrant workers a platform to share their stories of living and working in America and why they send money to their loved ones.
Remitly surveyed thousands of its customers who send money internationally and found:
- 70% send money to help their families with basic needs including housing, food, and utilities
- 16% send money to cover their personal expenses and investments
- 11% send money to help pay for education costs such as school supplies, books, and tuition
- 3% send money to help pay for medical and emergency expenses
“I am constantly humbled and inspired by the way our customers contribute billions of dollars to the American economy while also selflessly sharing their hard-earned paychecks with loved ones back home, leaving very little left over for themselves. These dollars make a big impact in local communities. For customers that send home $200-$300 on average, an additional tax on remittance would only take away from hard-working immigrants and their families in need on the receiving end,” Oppenheimer said.
Sharing these stories will help remind us all that immigration is part of the fabric of America and is one of the things that make our country great. To join the conversation and see these inspirational stories, visit www.remitly.com/WhyISend.
Remitly is the largest independent digital remittance company in the United States, transferring $2 billion in annualized volume from its customers in the U.S. and Canada to loved ones throughout the world. The company’s proprietary global transfer network includes its easy-to-use mobile app, which makes the process of sending money faster, easier, more transparent and less costly by eliminating the forms, codes, agents, extra time and fees typical of the traditional, century-old money transfer process. Remitly is backed by industry-leading investors, including Stripes Group, DFJ, DN Capital, QED Investors, Trilogy Equity Partners, Bezos Expeditions, Founders’ Co-Op, International Finance Corp., and TomorrowVentures. The company is headquartered in Seattle, with additional offices in the Philippines and Nicaragua. For more information, visit Remitly.com.