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Another Scandal In The Making? Kenyan Government Set To Launch A Mobile Loan App

Youth Enterprise Development Fund Chairman Ronald Osumba

Details have revealed that the Kenyan government has plans in place to launch its very own mobile loan app in April this year.

Through the Youth Enterprise Development Fund, the Y-Mobile application will be used to give loans to Kenyans.

The state corporation through it’s Chairman Mr Ronald Osumba now seeks to acquire Ksh. 300 million from the National Treasury in order to provide more loans to young Kenyans.

According to Osumba, the demand is high and it is expensive to devolve officers to county and sub-county levels. He would, therefore, rather have a platform that is easily accessible to people in remote villages.

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He also noted that the 80 per cent of the requests received are usually for short-term loans which can be effectively disbursed through the app.

Upon its launch, the Y-Mobile application will join a sea of mobile loan apps that are currently operating in the country.

Last year, the government announced a plan to merge affirmative action funds into one organisation. Institutions like the Kenya Industrial Estates, Development Bank of Kenya, Industrial Bank of Kenya, Women Enterprise Development Fund, Youth Enterprise Fund and Uwezo Fund would be consolidated.

Osumba says that following the merger, the app will be expanded to serve the larger population targeted by the new entity.


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