Wednesday
February 6
2019

Mobile lenders drive microfinance entities to early grave

By Dominic Omondi

Janet Akinyi, a mama mboga (greengrocer) in one of Nairobi’s low-income suburbs, is neck-deep in debts which she incurred from the myriad mobile lending platforms that seem to mushroom with every crack of dawn.

Yet, unlike some few years ago, she is not worried.

In 2010, she had a similar experience. Only then, instead of mobile loans, she was drowning in a pool of debts she secured from various microfinance institutions (MFIs). Just as in the current mobile phone debt imbroglio, she borrowed from one MFI to repay another one. But this was not sustainable in the long-run and she defaulted.

Photo courtesy of AMISOM Public Information.

 

Source: The Standard Digital (link opens in a new window)

Categories
Finance
Tags
emerging markets, MFIs, microfinance, microloans, mobile lending