Nigerian fintech startup One Finance (OneFi), which runs lending platform Paylater, has secured a US$5 million debt facility from Nairobi and US-based Lendable as it focuses on doubling its size in 2019.
The startup has now secured US$5 million in debt funding from Lendable, a technology-enabled funding provider to African consumer and SME lenders. The debt facility will be used to deploy more loans to Paylater customers, specifically through a suite of innovative new products. OneFi is looking to double in size within Nigeria before entering new markets in 2019.
“Securing this investment from Lendable represents the first internationally-backed commercial debt transaction for us, marking an important stage of our company’s development as we look to serve the “next billion”,” said OneFi chief executive officer (CEO) Chijioke Dozie.
“As we transition into a full-service digital bank, this financing will allow us to execute on a number of new products. This includes our partnership with Visa, whereby we’ll be providing credit via QR codes at supermarkets, clinics and on public transport in H1 2019.” The investment into OneFi marks the first Nigerian deal Lendable has signed, and one of a handful of new Nigerian clients for the company.
“We are incredibly excited to launch this partnership with OneFi, a market leader, as we build our presence in Nigeria. At Lendable, we build financial products to enable lending companies to scale, and we are proud to support OneFi’s mission of providing credit to the underbanked consumer and SME segments in Nigeria. They are an incredible example of a company that has found a product-market fit in a massive market, and are working tirelessly to provide best-in-class service to those customers,” said Daniel Goldfarb, Lendable’s CEO.