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Crediclub has a strong impact on sustainable development goals such as no poverty through access to sources of financing for productive activities of the most needy; decent work and economic growth by providing sources of employment to people regardless of gender, sexual preferences, religious beliefs and being a profitable enterprise; Industry, innovation and infrastructure, using the new fintech platforms to generate higher return on capital and transferring those benefits to savings customers; And also collaborates to reduce inequalities by creating platforms to help create jobs and self-employment, improve housing, give attractive returns to savers and create value for shareholders.
For Crediclub innovation means to prove new things, to create new product lines also is improving existing processes, take advantage of new technologies as well as having a flat hierarchical organization.
Crediclub has different programs that fit the needs of its customers, being mujer activa the leading product in lending and supertasas.com its main savings product.
For the creation of SuperTasas.Com they took as reference the best practices from countries in Europe, Canada and Australia, it operates like the new types of banks that have taken part in the market, called "direct banking". This initiative offers the highest savings rates in Mexico ranging from 6.5 to 11% depending of the timeframe of the investment. This return can be achieved thanks to the use of technology that allows a good corporate structure to save costs since there are no branches and therefore no need for extra allocation of resources. This form of savings offers a payment 5 times higher than the average offered by banks.
Also with this Fintech scheme is easy to get a loan, the rate that Crediclub charges can range between 11.9% -26%, on average is 17% without commissions, lower compared to the 32% offered by most banks. Another innovation that offers is that they don’t charged the same rate to people with different credit profile unlike other banks, this means that if you are a good payer you’ll be rewarded with lower rates. Credits may go from $10,000 up to $200,000 Mexican Pesos.
Another product scheme is solidarity groups; this is a powerful tool to bring credit to the neediest people who are looking for an economic support or to grow their business. Given the lack of assets that support them or a good credit report; a group of people (12 or more, mainly women) are collateral of each other, the benefit is that among them help with the credit analysis, approving their own friends.
This program lending program is called Mujer Activa, Active Woman, where mostly women participate. Additionally, Mejora tu Vivienda, improving your Home, is a supplementary credit to Mujer Activa, to repair, expand or house remodel.
Crediclub also has a financial education program within 24 training workshops that help people understand how and why to set financial goals and a budget, types of financial services and their appropriate use, the purpose of saving and the products available; the responsibility associated with obtaining a loan, as well as choosing an appropriate financial institution and identifying the costs associated with financial products and remittances.
When Juan Francisco Fernández, the CEO of the company CrediClub was younger, he spent most of his time with his grandfather. His grandfather was a hardworking man. He started working in a Mexican company called Cerveceria Cuautemoc; he worked for more than 50 years there.
Juan Francisco remembered that his grandfather always took him to the Cerveceria Cuauthemoc because that place was amazing for workers, it has pools and green areas that workers can use to spend a nice afternoon with their families, after working hours. When his grandfather took him as a child, Juan remembered that he always saw a magazine in the front desk of the entrance called Work and Savings.
The CEO of the Cerveceria Cuauthemoc, Eugenio Garza la Güera was an entrepreneur and an icon of the city of Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. His Grandfather had the opportunity to talk with Mr. Eugenio in that conversation he told him that the key to success is to work hard and save, that if he worked and saved money he would be able to give to his family a better quality of life. Those words stayed in his grandfather's heart and applied all his life. Those important words “Work and Saving” were taught to Juan Francisco and he applied this to create the company.
The impact of the company can be divided into two parts or projects. First, is to lend money to people with low incomes at a very low interest rate so they can start to create their own small business or grow existing ones. Second, is to teach people with low incomes how to save money. These projects have been in place since 2009. With these projects CrediClub gives 20,000 loans each month and each day more people has access to an affordable way of financing to increase their income. With savings products, it provides a way to maintain and increase their wealth.
Crediclub is profitable organization. It has better than industry Return on Assets and Delinquency rates. Investors are confident in the company and this was reflected in the last capital increase and the credits granted by national financial institutions. It has the regime of Popular Financial Society, SOFIPO, is under the regulation of the National Banking and Securities Commission, CNBV; and savings are protected by the National Institute for Savings Protection, IPAB. Also, has been recognized as a Great Place to Work and one of the best companies in Mexico by Deloitte, CitiBanamex and the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, ITESM.
In Mexico, only 3.4% of Mexicans have a savings fund. This figure is lower than countries El Salvador or Peru (El Economista, 2014). Crediclub's philosophy is to develop a culture of work hard and save in the community to increase that number where the savers will act as investors and the capital saved will be to finance the different small businesses that belong to the members of the community so that they can transform them, remodel their homes and improve their quality of life.
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Juan Francisco Fernández, CEO