Press Release: Nigerian Fintech start-up, Social Lender partners with CGAP to explore the use of social data for Financial Inclusion in Nigeria

A large share of the poor in Nigeria lack access to credit to support their livelihoods, build assets, or access quick cash in case of an unexpected emergency.

Social Lender in partnership with the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) is launching a pilot to test the predictive power of social data generated from mobile, online and social media platforms on loan repayment behaviour of low income earners who have little or no access to formal credit.

Social Lender is among a restricted group of partners that CGAP selected among nearly 200 firms and organizations that submitted proposals for digital innovations that have the most potential to advance financial inclusion in Africa.

The partnership with CGAP provides a platform to explore the use of digital-enabled lending systems, focusing on using USSD as the application model for Users with feature phones in Nigeria. The pilot will make available access to digital credit to the poor to help them meet liquidity gaps that typically arise due to unexpected needs (e.g., healthcare expenditures) or from the irregular nature of their income. The partnership also aims to better understand the impact of financial education on borrowers’ creditworthiness and loan repayment practices.

In partnership with Sterling Bank, Social Lender has been using its proprietary Social Reputation Scoring and Social Guarantor Model in providing access to quick cash to thousands of people in Nigeria via Web and SMS platforms.

In South Africa, Social Lender is helping financial inclusion by enabling alternative lending products where its partner bank (ABSA, a member of Barclays Africa) is able to give credit to customers with limited credit history. As a result, ABSA was recently shortlisted as a finalist in the Gartner’s Eye on Innovation Awards 2017 in the ‘Most innovative digital business model’ category.

ABOUT SOCIAL LENDER

Social Lender is a lending solution based on social reputation on mobile, online and social media platforms.

The solution is designed to bridge the gap of immediate fund access for people with limited access to formal credit. Social Lender uses its own proprietary algorithm to perform a social audit of the user on social media, online and other related platforms and gives a Social Reputation Score to each user. Loans are guaranteed by the user’s social profile and network allowing users to then borrow from banks and other financial institutions based on their social reputation.

ABOUT CGAP

The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) is a global partnership of over 30 leading organizations that seek to advance financial inclusion. CGAP develops innovative solutions through practical research and active engagement with financial service providers, policy makers, and funders to enable approaches at scale. Housed at the World Bank, CGAP combines a pragmatic approach to responsible market development with an evidence-based advocacy platform to increase access to the financial services the poor need to improve their lives. Our mission is to improve the lives of poor people by spurring innovations and advancing knowledge and solutions that promote responsible, sustainable, inclusive financial markets. For more information visit http://www.cgap.org/

Media Contact

Mudiaga Ogboru
mudi@sociallenderng.com
+234 (0) 803 695 3010

Related Links
https://www.sociallenderng.com

http://www.cgap.org/blog/mapping-africa%E2%80%99s-latest-innovations-digital-finance

https://blog.sociallenderng.com/

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