Kenya

Asante Raises US$7.5m Series A for MSME Lending Platform

MSME lending startup Asante Financial Services Group announced that it has raised US$7.5 million in the first tranche of its Series A fundraise. The round was led by Goodwell Investments with participation by investors including Sorenson Impact Foundation and Forsage

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Consumer Credit Startup Tala Raises US$145m in Series E

Global consumer financing app Tala has raised US$145 million in a Series E round, the startup announced recently. The funding was led by California-based AI lending platform Upstart. Participating investors included new investors Stellar Development Foundation, Kindred Ventures and the

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Thunes and M-Pesa Tanzania to Boost Cross-Border Payments in East Africa

Global cross-border payments company Thunes has announced a partnership with M-Pesa Tanzania to launch a new service corridor, a statement from the company said. The service will allow users of M-Pesa Tanzania to transfer money directly from M-Pesa mobile wallets

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Kenya SME Lender Pezesha Raises Seven-Figure Seed Extension

Kenyan fintech startup Pezesha has secured a seven-figure seed extension round led by GreenHouse Capital (GHC). The round also included GHC’s sister company Venture Garden Group, which provided “on-lending liquidity support,” the company said. The funding will be used to

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Meet The Winners Of The Search – Africa Stop By ADGM

The African fintech space is undergoing a phase of radical growth, as speakers at The Search – Africa Stop 1 highlighted. Africa is at the epicenter of a fintech evolution. What started as a burst of growth in payments tech,

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AAR Insurance Partners With Safaricom to Migrate to AWS Cloud

AAR Insurance has inked a deal with telecommunications provider Safaricom to roll out new technology infrastructure based on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) as part of its goal to be a full digital insurance company. The medical underwriter has begun

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South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya: Africa’s Largest Fintech Hubs

In Africa, South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya have the three most developed fintech ecosystems, combining more than 450 companies. This burgeoning industry has been driven by strong demographic indicators, increased connectivity, early regulation, and proactive governments. South Africa: an early

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Mobile Money Boom Lays Foundation for Fintech In Kenya

Home to over 150 fintech companies, Kenya has one of the biggest and most developed fintech ecosystems in the African continent, owning to the proliferation of mobile phones and the rise of mobile money. Similarly to other developing markets, Kenya’s

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Fintech Attracts Lion’s Share of 2020 African Tech Funding

Fintech funding in Africa jumped 49.3% in 2020 to US$160 million. The amount was raised by 99 fintech startups, making fintech the dominant tech sector of 2020, a new report by regional startup news and research portal Disrupt Africa found.

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Kenya Central Bank Outlining Open Banking Ambitions

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has released a draft document outlining a five-year digitalization plan to modernize the country’s domestic payment landscape. The document, titled Kenya National Payments System Vision and Strategy 2021 – 2025 and released in December

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