NIGERIA – Nigeria’s technology-enabled asset finance company, Mkobo Microfinance bank, has announced its partnership with Glovo to help finance motorcycles for young unemployed Nigerians, interested in becoming couriers.

In line with Mkobo’s mission to improve the lives of economically active Africans, the financing will be done through the Lifeline Asset Finance (LAF) program.

Under the LAF program, Mkobo finances income-generating assets for individuals and small businesses such as motorbikes to support logistics businesses. The pilot will start with 15 couriers at Glovo.

This has created a self-employment opportunity for many young Nigerians, giving them the ability to generate sustainable income, and taking them out of poverty.

Habeeb Adeokun, Founder and CEO of Mkobo, said according to the Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the unemployment rate in Nigeria rose to 33.3% in the last quarter of 2020.

However, through this collaboration, Mkobo hopes to touch the lives of young Nigerians by providing lease-to-own and hire-purchase motorcycles, an asset to help beneficiaries generate sustainable income.

“Our long-term goal at Mkobo is to support over 10,000 riders through Lifeline Asset Finance by 2026. This aligns with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG-1), to help eradicate poverty,” he added.

Apart from offering a sustainable source of income to the riders, Mkobo’s Lifeline Asset Finance (LAF) provides riders with other benefits such as Fully Comprehensive Insurance, Life insurance, Medical Cover, Financial literacy, and a digital wallet on to help them also build up their savings.

“We are very excited about this partnership since we believe is a big step to give proper tools to young Nigerians willing to join Glovo and explore this source of income that otherwise due to the absence of a vehicle they weren’t able,” the head of operations at Glovo, Juan Gómez-Angulo commented.

“With this initiative, not only will they be able to collaborate with Glovo, but also, they will eventually get their own vehicle by having the opportunity of leasing it until owning it. Something that in a regular bank loan process, it would not be possible.”

One of the recipients, Oluchukwu Okolinta, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to own an asset that will allow him to support himself financially.

“I am overjoyed at the opportunity to participate in the lease-to-own program. I thank Mkobo for financing this motorcycle,” he said.

“Now I have a guaranteed weekly income to meet the demands of my family. I will make every effort to remit my contribution on time so that the bike can become my possession in the coming months.”

As a logistics firm or mobility as a service platform, Mkobo can also partner with your company to provide this opportunity to a large number of people to earn a living through self-employment.

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