Kwara, a Kenyan company that is assisting conventional savings cooperatives in becoming modern digital banks, has acquired US$4 million in seed funding to further improve its neobank app advance of its imminent launch.
Kwara recently raised $4 million in a seed round through investors in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States (US).
SoftBank Vision Fund Emerge, Finca Ventures, New General Market Partners, Globivest, Do Good Invest, Rabacap, Launch Africa, Norrsken Impact Accelerator, Future Africa, Samurai Incubator, and DOB Equity led the round, which also included several fintech executives, along with creators of Meltwater, The Flex Company, and ComplyAdvantage, and executives from Salesforce and PayPal.
The funding follows the company’s strong sales increase and arrives ahead of the launch of its neobank app.
The funding will be used to further build the startup’s software, which will allow credit unions in upcoming economies to digitize and offer financial services to millions of individuals.
Kwara is a digital banking service established in 2018 by Cynthia Wandia and David Hwan to enable unbanked and underbanked people to develop assets with each other in a seamless method.
It has a management solution for cooperative workers to enhance effectiveness and automation, as well as a neobank-style mobile banking app for end clients, and other outlets.
However, Kwara uses an open API to link the savings cooperatives to banks, banking transactions, and other intermediaries.
All of this is included in a single software-as-a-service subscription, which means cooperative clients only pay for what they use and receive a single end-to-end solution.
The multi-accelerated company already has over 60,000 users and processes up to $40 million in monthly transactions.
Kwara is increasing its credit union user base by 40% month over month, including customers in Kenya, South Africa, and the Philippines.
According to Kwara CEO Cynthia Wandia, the company is developing a solution for the projected one billion people who cannot access personalized banking services.
This is due to a technological gap in banking-grade technologies and an absence of neobank-like experiences for end customers.
The team has been ecstatic to see credit unions and their customers embrace the Kwara brand, which is quickly being associated with exceptional user experience and the paradigm of banking.
She expressed her gratitude to the investors and assured them that the firm will now be able to provide a 100-fold better end-client experience than they had earlier.
According to Ben Marrel, a founding partner at Breega, there is growing interest in how to develop wealth through community and a movement in users’ desire toward digital-first banking.
Kwara’s innovative approach, according to Ben, is a spark for a new style of retail banking via digital-first credit unions.
He emphasized his pride and excitement at the prospect of assisting this excellent team in scaling across Africa and other emerging regions.
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