Nigerian startup Alajo is an escrowed digital piggy bank for the under- and un-banked, which allows people to access financial services without the need for internet access.
Founded in 2021, and a recent participant in the Google for Startups Africa and CATAPULT: Inclusion Africa accelerators, Alajo helps people to save money using USSD, IVR and SMS through PoS and money agents in their communities, delivered via a savings infrastructure on a Mobile App.
“Opportunely, the under- and un-banked now have access to financial products, services and opportunities from corporates through data analysed from their transactions,” Olajumoke Oduwole, CEO at Alajo, told Disrupt Africa.
Allowing people to access these products and services without the need for internet is a key part of Alajo’s offering. Internet is 83 per cent more expensive in Africa than in other parts of the world, with 854 million unconnected to the internet and 908 million under- or un-banked.
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