If you don’t want to lend to them, will you lend to me? That’s how the business started…— Siya Ntutela, CEO - Zande
We trade with both South Africans and non-South Africans… These are great businesspeople… It’s a tough environment… South Africans are the ones who seem to need it [credit] most…— Siya Ntutela, CEO - Zande
He who can crack the informal market is sitting on gold… We have a lot of VCs looking positively at what we’re doing.— Siya Ntutela, CEO - Zande
The spaza shop market in South Africa is worth about R40 billion per year, and growing at 10% per annum.
More than 90% of transactions are in cash.
South Africans own only about one in five spaza shops.
Spaza shops around South Africa are battling because, according to Siya Ntutela (CEO and co-founder of fin-tech firm Zande), many suppliers don’t offer credit to small retailers and supply chains are broken.
Zande uses old-school USSD tech to allow spaza owners to apply for credit and make payments using a simple feature phone.
The tech also enables cashless transacting between suppliers and spaza shops.
Zande raises credit from large Fast-Moving Consumer Goods companies and extends it to spaza shops by supplying them with stock.
It also negotiates bulk discounts.
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for more quotes from it).
We’re not lending physical cash. We lend products…— Siya Ntutela, CEO - Zande
We have a huge cash book rather than a credit book… We deliver to their doorstep; we give them a good price… That [a mobile cash and carry] is exactly what we are!— Siya Ntutela, CEO - Zande
We don’t wait for things to get broken. We see them after three days if we see a potential problem…— Siya Ntutela, CEO - Zande
Social capital is a huge thing… it’s the secret sauce…— Siya Ntutela, CEO - Zande
We’ve started with an owner-driver platform…— Siya Ntutela, CEO - Zande
It’s not that we’re trusting; we’re careful!— Siya Ntutela, CEO - Zande
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