Safaricom slashes interest rates on Fuliza loans below Sh1000 by 40pc
Safaricom has slashed interest rates on Fuliza loans below Sh1000 by 40 per cent and introduced a three-day grace period for borrowers.
The new rates, effective October 1, will see customers borrowing Sh500-1000 pay a daily interest charge of Sh6 down from Sh10.Further, those borrowing loans of between Sh101-499 will attract a Sh 3 daily charge down from Sh5.
In the new tariffs, users borrowing Sh1001-1500 will pay a charge of Sh18, a 10 per cent discount from Sh20, while those who will borrow Sh1500-2500 will, in effect, pay Sh20, down from Sh25, reflecting a 20 per cent discount.
Those who seek to draw Sh2500-70,000 will also enjoy a 16.7 per cent discount, to pay a daily charge of Sh25 down from Sh30.
Despite the new rates, the telco and its partner banks, KCB and NCBA, have retained the 1 per cent access fee on all borrowings.
All customers who already hold a Fuliza loan by the start of the new charges will continue paying their loan using the old tariffs. The new tariffs will start once a user has fully settled their debt.
For those with no outstanding debt, the new rates will apply immediately.
In the six months to June this year, Kenyans borrowed an average of Sh1.6 billion daily from fuliza, showing increased dependence on the service that offers short-term loans amid reduced income as the high cost of living bites.