Finnfund, a Finnish development finance company, has made an investment in Jumo, a financial services platform providing mobile financial services in emerging markets.
JUMO is a multi-sided platform for Mobile Network Operators and Financial Service Providers. To date, JUMO has served over 5 million people in Africa and Asia using behavioural data from mobile usage. Users are able to create a financial identity and gain access to affordable, real-time, financial services fitted to their specific needs. The services are benefitting broad segments of customers including people with low incomes and those who own micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) who have previously been excluded from traditional banking services.
Jumo‘s big data analytics capability allows cost-efficient provision of loans, currently from as low as 1 Euro to 400 Euros or much larger amounts for larger businesses. The loans are facilitated by Jumo’s predictive technology and are funded by Jumo itself or banks and other financial services partners.
Finnfund’s investment, which takes the form of a debt instrument of USD 6 million, will support Jumo’s expansion in Africa and Asia and the development of its platform in order to provide new services for SMEs, small and medium-sized enterprises. This investment is part of an overall 24 million USD-loan facility, which was arranged by Gemcorp Capital, an independent emerging markets investment management firm based in London and an early investor in Jumo.
“We are keen to provide funding for Jumo’s expansion and further development. Financial inclusion is very important for development; people need to be able to access quality financial services. It gives them security, enables them to plan their lives more effectively and often gives them an opportunity to start or grow their own business and improve their livelihoods,” says Jaakko Kangasniemi, Managing Director of Finnfund.
“As an investor, Finnfund brings a sharp focus to achieving meaningful social impact with sustainable profit. That aligns well with our mission,” says Andrew Watkins-Ball, founder and CEO of Jumo. “Having proven our model, we are now expanding our footprint to reach millions more people who are excluded from the formal financial system. With Finnfund we have an investor who supports our view that inequality is unacceptable.”
More than a third of adults in the world have limited or no access to formal financial services. The majority of these people are concentrated in emerging markets such as Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, where Jumo operates. In the majority of these markets, nearly 80% of its customers have never accessed formal financial services before. The recent growth of mobile money services lays a foundation for greater financial inclusion in these markets.
Jumo developed its model through extensive ground work in financial services in Africa, launching the first mobile product in 2014 and has granted more than 20 million loans. Currently, the company employs over 300 people, who are mostly based in South Africa. The main markets include Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana and Pakistan.
For more information:
Jaakko Kangasniemi, Managing Director, jaakko.kangasniemi(a)finnfund.fi, tel. +358 40 577 7676 or Jussi Ahonen, Investment Manager, jussi.ahonen(a)finnfund.fi, tel. +358 50 566 4653
JUMO: Buhle Goslar, Director Customer & Brand, buhle.goslar(a)jumo.world, tel. +27 21 424 7116
GEMCORP Capital: Maria Monteiro, PR & Investor Relations VP, mmonteiro(a)gemcorp.net, tel. +44 20 3837 1126
Finnfund (Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd) is a Finnish development finance institution, aiming to foster sustainable development by providing long-term risk capital for private projects in developing countries. Investment criteria include profitability, sustainability and positive development impacts. Since 1980 Finnfund has made nearly 370 investments in almost 70 countries. Currently, Finnfund has approximately 613 million euros invested in or committed to 167 projects in 34 countries.
JUMO is a multi-sided platform (MSP), that uses behavioural data to create financial identities and choices for financially excluded people in emerging markets. Most customers are MSMEs who use the platform to gain real-time access to working capital and savings on their mobile phones. Since launching with mobile loans in 2014, JUMO has reached over 5 million customers in 7 countries, across Africa and Asia, where it is partnered with major Mobile Network Operators and Financial Services Providers.
GEMCORP Capital LLP is an independent investment management firm focused on emerging markets. The core business of the firm is to invest in sovereign and corporate credit opportunities worldwide. The firm is headquartered in London and has offices in Africa and Russia. Gemcorp Capital LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom.