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Payhippo: The Nigerian Fintech Making Financial Services Seamless for African SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the African economy, accounting for over 90% of all businesses and employing over 50% of the workforce.

SMEs play a vital role in driving economic growth and development in Africa, with the sector experiencing rapid growth in recent years.
This is due to several factors, including population growth, technological advancement, and government support.
However, SMEs in Africa still face a number of challenges, with lack of access to finance the biggest one.
Be that as it may, tech startups are using digital technology to make it easier and faster for SMEs to access loans.

One such startup is Nigeria’s Payhippo.
This Nigerian fintech startup has been making waves with its innovative solutions, empowering individuals and small businesses to access financial services.
Who is Payhippo?
Payhippo is a Nigerian fintech startup that provides loans and other financial services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The company was founded in 2019 by Chioma Okotcha, Uche Nnadi, and Zach Bijesse.
Payhippo’s mission is to make financial services seamless for African SMEs.
What Payhippo does

Payhippo offers a variety of financial products and services to SMEs, including:

– Loans: Payhippo provides loans to SMEs in under three hours without collateral. The company uses a variety of data points, including bank statements and social media activity, to assess a business’s creditworthiness.

– Banking services: Payhippo also offers a range of banking services to SMEs, including business accounts, debit cards, and international money transfers.

– Insurance: Payhippo also offers insurance products to SMEs, including asset protection and business interruption insurance.

Payhippo’s mission

Payhippo’s mission is to make financial services seamless for African SMEs. 
The company believes that SMEs are the backbone of the African economy and that they need access to affordable and convenient financial services to grow and thrive.

Payhippo’s achievements

Payhippo has achieved a lot in a short period of time.
The company has disbursed over 25,000 loans to SMEs in Nigeria.
Payhippo has also raised over $3 million in funding from investors such as Y Combinator, Ventures Platform, and Future Africa.

Payhippo’s impact

The startup is making a real impact on the lives of SMEs in Nigeria.
The company provides SMEs access to the financial services they need to grow and thrive.
Payhippo is also helping to reduce the financial exclusion of SMEs in Nigeria.

Additional information about Payhippo:

– In 2022, Payhippo acquired Maritime Microfinance Bank (MFB) to help it expand its product offering and reach more SMEs.
– Payhippo is also working on expanding its operations to other African countries.
– Payhippo has been recognized as one of Africa’s most promising fintech startups. In 2021, the company was named one of the top 10 startups in Africa by Forbes Africa.

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