Zambia: Chilufya Mutale supports financial inclusion with PremierCredit

By : Redaction

Date : jeudi, 17 novembre 2022 15:38

The entrepreneur, with over 10 years of experience in the financial service sector, aspires to make a greater impact in her country and Africa. As part of this ambition, Chilufya Mutale (pictured) has co-created a startup and has received multiple awards within and beyond borders.

PremierCredit was launched in 2019. It offers an online microcredit and investment platform, operating in Zambia and Zimbabwe, that allows businesses and individuals to manage their finances more effectively by helping them save, borrow and invest easily to achieve their financial goals. The startup provides affordable credit to borrowers with flexible terms that contribute to financial inclusion and passive income for investors.

“We are building a Challenger bank for Africa that provides embedded finance that is inclusive and introduces previously disadvantaged income groups into formal financial services, thereby contributing positively to financial inclusion. PremierCredit contributes to economic growth through supporting SMEs, which form the backbone of economies in emerging markets, with capacity building through financial literacy as well as providing working capital solutions and investment services,” the co-founder and CEO said.

The certified expert in SME finance and risk management from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management also holds a post-graduate degree in Project Management from Cavendish University in Zambia (2011). She also graduated from the University of Zambia with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management. The idea of founding PremierCredit was born out of her desire to better serve her clients by providing solutions that better meet their needs while she was still the CEO of ExpressCredit Zambia, a registered and licensed microfinance institution.

The professional life of Chilufya Mutale started in 2012 at FINCA, where she was the head of the local branch. She then went to ExpressCredit, and later became the Director and Consultant for Financial Services at BlueOrange in South Africa. She was one of 14 entrepreneurs selected in September for the VC4A Venture Showcase Africa 2022. She was connected with top venture capitalists as mentors and presented a pitch for her startup at the 9th Africa Early Stage Investor Summit held November 2-4. She is also one of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women 2022.

Chilufya Mutale is among the top 100 Zambian women who are taking the lead and inspiring transformation in 2022. She has been shortlisted for the Woman Innovator of the Year award at the Africa Tech Festival Awards 2022.


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