South Africa-based, JUMO, the largest and fastest growing technology platform for operating inclusive mobile financial services marketplaces, recently announced the close of an equity funding round of $52 million led by Goldman Sachs, with participation from other leading investors including Proparco, the private sector financing arm of the French Development Agency (AFD), Finnfund, Vostok Emerging Finance, Gemcorp Capital, and LeapFrog Investments.
This funding round represents Goldman Sachs, Proparco and Finnfund’s maiden investments into JUMO.
The funds raised will be used to further JUMO’s growth and expansion into new markets. Since its launch in 2014, more than 9 million people have saved or borrowed on the JUMO platform, with nearly 70% of these being micro and small business owners. To date, JUMO has originated over $700 million in loans on its platform and manages over 25 million customer interactions per month
Since its founding in 2014, JUMO, which helps individuals and small businesses access savings and credit products through their mobile devices, has mainly focused on Africa where the adoption of mobile money has transformed the banking landscape.
Headquartered in Cape Town, JUMO has offices in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Zambia and the United Kingdom.
But it now operates in Pakistan, and CEO Andrew Watkins-Ball recently moved to JUMO’s Singapore office to lead the drive into Asia.
“That doesn’t mean though we won’t be expanding in Africa,” Watkins-Ball reiterated. “But the majority of our allocation of resources going forward we would expect to be in very high-growth Asian markets.”
JUMO uses behavioural data such as mobile telephone use to help financial services providers and mobile network operators assess lending risk and tailor financial products to those living in developing countries where credit information is scarce.
Watkins-Ball said that the financial services sectors of a number of Asian markets are at similar stages of development to the African countries where JUMO has already registered success.
More than 9 million people have saved or borrowed using JUMO technology since it was launched in 2014. The platform has originated over $700 million in loans and manages over 25 million customer interactions per month, the company said.
“There is immense opportunity across Africa and beyond for JUMO to build on their successful track record developing digital marketplace infrastructure,” Goldman Sachs executive director Jules Frebault said.
JUMO’s partners include telecoms firms MTN, Airtel, Telenor and banks including FNB, a unit of South Africa’s FirstRand, and Pakistan’s Telenor Microfinance Bank.