Bodabodas get cheaper loans from Watu Credit

In Startup, Success, Tech

Bodaboda riders in Kenya will get access to cheaper credit following a credit extension by online unsecured lender Lendable to Watu Credit.

Mombasa based microfinance institution Watu Credit has secured Sh156m from technology powered financing platform Lendable to expand loan facilities to bodaboda riders.

Andris Kaneps, CEO of Watu Credit says it will use the capital to grow its capacity to finance the sale of boda boda motorcycles on credit, by a magnitude of 10 times and extend its geographical coverage across Kenya, moving into Central, Rift and Western Kenya by the end of 2018.

The low interest loans from online unsecured lender Lendable are made possible due to low overhead costs compared to bank loans. Lendable uses software based data analytics to predict the ability of borrowers to repay.

The programme is secured using future repayments on loans advanced by Watu Credit to its boda boda clients.

“We’ve benefited from time and cost savings in using Lendable’s digital deal platform. This form of financing means Watu Credit can access working capital to grow its loan book, without having to tie up its balance sheet.”


Lendable has also extended credit to Azuri distributor Raj Ushanga in April this year helping the solar energy startup to grow her network.

This is the first receivables financing deal done by Lendable in Kenya that uses three-wheelers and motorcycles to secure the loan. It follows Lendable’s successful transaction with Uganda-based Tugende, who offer a lease-to-own model for Ugandan boda-boda drivers

Lendable is mainstreaming off-balance sheet financing for alternative lenders whose customer base is small and micro businesses.

The platform digests and analyses individual monthly repayment data and alternative lender financials and produces credit data and loan repayment forecasts that can meet the needs of global commercial lenders.

Co-founder Lendable

Daniel Goldfarb, CEO and co-founder Lendable says adding a productive asset can start a positive economic cycle, allowing him or her to create more assets and pay down liabilities. Lendable will use a section of Watu credit’s loan book as security.

“We’re proud to helpWatu Credit scale up through the provision of credit and free access to analytics.”

In 2015, the Motorcycle Assemblers Association of Kenya estimated that on average 8 million Kenyans use a boda boda daily, generating 400 Million in revenue.


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