Grab Financial Group, Sedania introduce cash financing scheme
By Digital News Asia March 21, 2022
- Financing option lowers the barriers to micro-financing
- Provides drivers, delivery partners with convenient, secure access to financing
Grab Financial Group (GFG) Malaysia and Sedania Innovator Bhd’s fintech subsidiary Sedania As Salam Capital Sdn Bhd (SASC) are partnering to officially offer Grab Cash Financing-i, a Shariah compliant financing product, to eligible Grab drivers and delivery-partners.
In a statement, Grab said the Grab Cash Financing-i aims to provide its driver and delivery partners with convenient and secure access to financing, so they can more easily address their immediate household and financial needs.
This financing option lowers the barriers to micro-financing which is typically inaccessible to those below a certain income level and lack a formal credit history, it said.
Grab said This solution is made possible through SASC’s GoHalal Financing Programme (GHP), which ensures the financing activities and operations are compliant with shariah principles and practices.
The GHP has key shariah compliance tools to enable shariah financing and among key features are shariah advisory services by Afsha Shariah Advisory and As-Sidq digital trading platform using digital commodities for real time transaction and processing, it said.
These key features are crucial elements to uphold the shariah principles in micro financing in the digital ecosystem which makes it a very unique proposition, the company said.
According to Nisa Ismail, chief executive officer of Sedania As Salam Capital, it is important that micro-financing is made available to all Malaysians and the products and platform are shariah-compliant to ensure transparency in the financing terms and conditions.
“The GHP is developed with digital acceleration in mind to better position shariah financing in today’s and tomorrow’s economy,” she said.
On growth opportunities in Islamic financing, Nisa said as the world grapples with the economic impact of the pandemic, access to inclusive financing options in the gig economy remains limited.
“During this trying time, it is important for every Malaysian to be supported and have convenient access to financial assistance and services that will help them thrive and move forward.
“We are honoured to work alongside Grab Financial Group to offer the Grab Cash Financing-i programme to their driver and delivery-partners who have been serving as front liners during the pandemic,” she said.
According to a survey which was conducted among Grab’s driver and delivery-partners, 65% of them cited that a shariah-compliant financing option was important to them. Their main financing needs included emergency and personal expenses, current loan settlement and education for family members.
Sean Goh, managing director and head of Grab Financial Group, Grab Malaysia said that since introducing the programme, the company saw a take-up rate of 16% among eligible Grab drivers and delivery-partners.
“Grab Cash Financing-i is just one of GFG’s collaborative efforts with like-minded partners like Sedania to democratise financial services for everyday Malaysians,” he said.
Following the encouraging response, GFG is officially piloting the Grab Cash Financing-i to a larger pool of eligible drivers and delivery-partners.
- Eligible partners will receive communications about the programme with a link so they can apply conveniently with no documents and collateral required;
- The product is offered to those under 75 years old with minimum monthly earnings of US$190 (RM800) earning as a Grab partner; and
- Automated payments are made directly from the partner’s daily earnings to facilitate the financing payments.
Access to affordable insurance, financial literacy courses, fuel subsidies and advanced shopping vouchers are meant to help them defray their daily expenses and be more financially resilient, Grab said.
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