Branch wins AI excellence award at African Fintech Summit

Branch, a startup focusing on  credit lending in Nigeria has won the Artificial Intelligence (AI) excellence award at the African Fintech Summit, a global initiative which was founded on the idea that fintech can unleash unprecedented economic firepower in Africa, in Lagos recently.

Branch, alongside other local and international startups and companies operating in the financial technology space were present at the summit.

In what was a well deserved recognition, Branch was awarded with the excellence award for best use of AI (Artificial Intelligence) in financial innovation.

Reacting to the award, the General Manager of Branch Nigeria, Maria Rotilu expressed gratitude for the recognition and reaffirmed the Branch’s commitment to its users.

“We are committed to continuously offer world-class financial services to our esteemed users, through continuous advancement of our technology to allow every Nigerian access to best in class financial services via their mobile phone”

Artificial Intelligence sits at the core of Branch’s operational processes in its goal to deliver world-class financial services to its customers. AI allows Branch to leverage smartphone data to make lending decisions and eliminate the need for a collateral, paperwork, or guarantors. It also allows Branch to serve customers who are traditionally unable to receive loans from traditional financial institutions. As a result, millions of underserved customers in  Nigeria now have an opportunity to access quick loans in minutes and build credit regardless of their banking history.

Since it launched operations in Kenya three years ago, Branch has been focused on a mission to deliver world-class financial services to the mobile generation. This is evident in the widespread use of the Branch mobile app by millions of users across Africa and Latin America. Branch has leveraged the rapidly growing penetration of smartphones and the emergence of machine learning to build a secure, convenient and customer-first financial product for people. At the moment, Branch has disbursed over $250 million in loans to over 2 million customers across its operational markets through the app.

In Nigeria, Branch provides small loans ranging from N1,500 to N150,000 to users.. Unlike other lenders, Branch is positioned to eliminate the need for paperwork while requesting for loans, as all processes–from application to disbursement–are done in-app. The only requirement to access a Branch loan is an Android smartphone.. Branch also gives customers the freedom to spend the money whenever and however they want.

So, whether you’re looking to pay your child’s school fees, buy a gift for a loved one or take care of bills, Branch is a secure, reliable option. Branch does not require any form of collateral, and it takes just a few minutes to go from install to loan application. Plus, as you successfully repay each loan, you unlock access to larger and larger loan amounts.

At a glance, some of the  reasons Branch is  considered a worthy financial partner include no collateral required, loan processes are done entirely online, no need for paperwork, no forms or office visits and 24 hours online service.

The Branch app is currently available to Android phone users via Google Play Store.

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