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SA Fintech JUMO Closes USD$52M Funding Round Led By Goldman Sachs To Drive Expansion

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SA Fintech JUMO Closes USD$52M Funding Round Led By Goldman Sachs To Drive Expansion

JUMO, the largest and fastest growing technology platform for operating inclusive mobile financial services marketplaces, today announced the close of an equity funding round of USD$52 million led by Goldman Sachs.

The new round of investment which has existing investors including Proparco, Finnfund, Vostok Emerging Finance, Gemcorp Capital, and LeapFrog Investments takes to total raised from investors to US$90 million.

Founded in 2014, Jumo provides financial infrastructure and products designed to reach part of the population underserved or excluded from the traditional financial services.

Over two billion people in the world have limited or no access to essential financial services, many of them live in emerging markets and are coming online for the first time via mobile. These are the people JUMO is connecting with to provide great choices from leading banks. Given high feature phone usage in key markets as well as customer sensitivity to data costs, JUMO offers transactional capability via basic USSD, Web or App to allow broad-based access and usage of the platform and products.

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 processing over USD$700 million in loans on its platform and managing over 25 million customer interactions per month.

“The support of Goldman Sachs and our other investors is a significant endorsement of JUMO. We are working hard to connect hundreds of millions of people with access to the best possible choices from leading banks. We are proving that the evolution of computation and storage means that there is no longer any reason why the best financial products should not be available to people in the early stages of building wealth.” Stated Andrew Watkins-Ball, CEO of JUMO.

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JUMO’s technology is a highly agile and scalable Platform as a Service (PaaS) for operating inclusive and profitable financial marketplaces, adapting quickly to customer needs with solutions that improve their lives.

The company which has offices in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Zambia, Pakistan, United Kingdom, Singapore, and South Africa partners with many of the largest, most forward-thinking banks and mobile money operators to offer individuals and small businesses savings and credit products via mobile devices.

Through its existing partnerships, nearly 120 million mobile users are currently able to connect to the JUMO platform. Given this highly flexible and exportable model, the company is looking to extend its footprint.

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“There is immense opportunity across Africa and beyond for JUMO to build on their successful track record developing digital marketplace infrastructure to offer mobile subscribers access to relevant financial products. We are excited to partner with this highly capable team as they continue to leverage technology to advance financial inclusion.” Said Jules Frebault, Executive Director at Goldman Sachs.


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