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ExpressCredit now offers investment opportunities in personal loans from Zambia on Mintos p2p lending marketplace

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Following a successful launch of ExpressCredit Botswana on Mintos, ExpressCredit now offers you investment opportunities from Zambia as well, through its local company YesCash Zambia Limited. Now you can invest in its Zambia-issued personal loans and enjoy returns of up to 14%.

ExpressCredit prides itself on its customer service and endeavours to give its clients a personal approach through its seven branches and two sales offices in Zambia, with more branches to be opened in 2018. It was incorporated on May 11, 2016, and obtained a non-deposit taking microfinance institution licence on December 23, 2016, from the regulatory governing body, the Bank of Zambia. Some of the equity investors in ExpressCredit and Mintos overlap.

Currently, ExpressCredit primarily offers short-term loans to its customers and matches the repayment dates of the loan to their salaries. It also offers instalment loans to employees of institutions from the Government of Zambia. The company has received a PERMIC code from the Office of the President under the Public Service Management division which allows the company to directly debit repayments from the borrower’s salary. For borrowers who are not employed by the Government, the repayments are directly debited from their bank account. As a result, ExpressCredit loans from Zambia have one of the lowest default rates on Mintos. Initially, the loan originator will place its short-term loans for investment on Mintos, which it issues to non-Government employees.

“ExpressCredit is pleased to expand our presence on the best marketplace for loans in the world. Our mission is to deliver accessible and affordable financial solutions through superior customer service and technological innovation to become one of the top microfinance organisations in Zambia. Our partnership with Mintos and continuous investments in technology, branch network and people will ensure that we follow our mission,” says Chilufya Mutale, CEO of ExpressCredit.

The average Zambia-issued short-term loan from ExpressCredit is around EUR 137 and you can expect a net annual return of up to 14%. Borrowers repay the loan in a single instalment after 30 days.

All loans from ExpressCredit on Mintos are secured with a buyback guarantee and will be bought back by the company if it becomes delinquent for more than 60 days. In addition, the company will maintain 15% of each loan placed on the marketplace on its balance sheet as its skin in the game.

As of February 2018, ExpressCredit had a total loan book size of more than EUR 3.6 million. After its business launch in the fourth quarter of 2016, the company reached its first positive EBITDA in November 2017, while recording its first net profits after tax in February 2018. The company achieved EUR 164 thousand of total profits in its first two months of operations in 2018. The company is continually looking at opportunities for innovation and increasing its ability to cater for all of its customer’s needs.

You can now invest in personal loans from GetBucks in Kenya and Zambia on Mintos p2p lending marketplace

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The investment opportunities from Africa on the Mintos marketplace have just doubled as GetBucks now offers you the chance to invest in personal loans from Kenya and Zambia, with yearly returns of up to 13%. In both countries, the company has special agreements that ensure loan repayments are deducted directly from the salary of the borrower.

GetBucks is part of the Frankfurt-listed fintech company, MyBucks. The loan originator joined Mintos in June 2017 and until now was offering investment opportunities in Poland and Botswana. Since joining the marketplace investors have invested more than EUR 4.9 million worth of GetBucks loans.

GetBucks Kenya (Emu Inya Enterprises Limited) exclusively lends to Kenyan civil servants, county employees and to employees of the Kenyan Teachers Service Commission. GetBucks Zambia provides loans for educational purposes and to employees of large national companies. In both countries, the company issues loans only based on special agreements that allow repayments to be deducted directly from the salary of the borrower. Because of this setup, personal loans issued by GetBucks from Kenya and Zambia have one of the lowest default rates on the market.

The average Kenya-issued personal loan on Mintos from GetBucks is EUR 800, with an average repayment period of 36 months. The average GetBucks Zambia-issued personal loan on Mintos is EUR 600, with a repayment period of 13 to 36 months. Investors can expect an annual return of up to 13% for GetBucks loans from both countries.

To keep its skin in the game, GetBucks will retain 5% of each loan placed on Mintos on its balance sheet. GetBucks ensures all loans from Kenya and Zambia that are delinquent for 60 days or more will be repurchased by the company. The obligations of GetBucks Kenya and GetBucks Zambia will be guaranteed by MyBucks Group.

Established in 1993, GetBucks Kenya has distributed more than EUR 14 million worth of loans since its inception. GetBucks Zambia started operating in 2014. Since then, more than EUR 23 million worth of loans has been given.

The Luxembourg-registered MyBucks Group was the first African fintech company to be listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. In 2017, the company also successfully listed bonds on the Vienna, Botswana, and Zimbabwe stock exchanges to refinance existing debt facilities and to expand its loan book. The current market capitalisation of the company is in excess of EUR 170 million.

Kenya is one of the leading countries from Africa in the alternative lending industry. Economically, the country offers a youthful and growing population, dynamic private sector, highly skilled workforce, improved infrastructure and a new constitution. According to forecasts from The World Bank, GDP growth is expected to rebound to 5.8% in 2018 and 6.1% in 2019 respectively.

Zambia has one of the world’s fastest growing populations, with the United Nations projecting that the country’s population will triple by 2050. GDP is also set to improve, according to the World Bank, growth is forecast to strengthen to 4.5% in 2018 and 4.7% in 2019.


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