CBK PUBLISHES 12 BEST MOBILE LENDING APPS
The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) on Monday, January 30, published a list of 12 more approved Digital Credit Providers – DCPs.
In a statement, CBK noted that the mobile lenders had so far been approved out of the 381 applications that had been filed since March 2022.
This brought the total number of approved DCPs to 22- following the licensing of 10 credit providers
in September 2022.
The list includes Inventure Mobile Limited (Trading as Tala), Jumo Kenya Limited, Letshego Kenya Limited, MFS Technologies Limited, M-Kopa Loan Kenya Limited.
Others include Mycredit Limited, Tenakata Enterprises Limited, Natal Tech Company Limited, Ngao Credit Limited, Pezesha Africa Limited.
The final two providers are Umoja Fanisi Limited and Zanifu Limited.
The previous list announced in September 2022 included: Ceres Tech Limited, Get cash Capital Limited, Giando Africa Limited (Trading as Flash Credit Africa), Jijenge Credit Limited, Kweli Smart Solutions Limited, Mwanzo Credit Limited.
Others are MyWagepay Limited, Rewot Ciro Limited, Sevi Innovation Limited and Sokohela Limited.
According to CBK, the licensing of the DCPs came as a result of engagements with regulators and agencies pertinent to the licensing process, including the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner.
“The focus of the engagements has beeninter aliaon business models, consumer protection and fitness propriety of proposed shareholders, directors and management.
“This is to ensure adherence to the relevant laws and importantly that the interests of customers are safeguarded. We acknowledge the efforts of the applicants and the support of other regulators and agencies in this process,” the statement read in part.
CBK urged those with pending applications to submit the requisite documents to enable completion of the review process.
The regulator also directed the public to report unregulated DCPs
CBK affirmed that the licensing and oversight process
was necessitated by concerns by the public about the unethical practices of unregulated DCPs and in particular; high costs, debt collection practices and abuse of personal information.