Financing the growth of the MSME economy
Kuelap's embedded lending reaches millions of underserved micro-businesses, farmers, & producers
A $5 trillion funding gap for MSMEs
Capital is available but MSMEs lack access. Kuelap is closing the gap.
Our embedded solution for borrowers, cooperatives, and lenders
Kuelap’s apps capture all the data needed for low-cost, low-risk embedded lending.

A $5 trillion funding gap for MSMEs

Capital is available but MSMEs lack access. Kuelap is closing the gap.

“SMEs are costlier to serve than large merchants are— lower loan sizes mean higher unit transaction costs. They also typically come with higher risk—and the higher costs that entails … and this makes it less acceptable for a financial institution to service them.” – Bain

Financial cooperatives:
The untapped channel

Financial cooperatives, not banks, are the channel to millions of MSME borrowers.

Kuelap’s lending partners are eager to lend to coops that use Kuelap’s cooperative management system.

Coops are government-regulated institutions that provide loans to their members, and those members are micro-merchants, farmers, and producers. Coops are the trusted channel for hundreds of millions of MSME borrowers. They are locally focused, relationship driven, and branch-based.

Micro businesses are not comfortable with traditional lending products from banks. They need a financial institution that is locally embedded and which can gain their trust – World Economic Forum, May 2022

With our solution, built for the coop channel, MSMEs get access to capital. Coops get loan revenue and stronger relationships with their members. And lenders get a 100% digital path to borrowers.

Our embedded solution for borrowers, cooperatives, and lenders

Kuelap’s app captures all the data needed for low-cost, low-risk embedded lending.

Our solution serves all three links in the path to the MSME – a coop app to capture data, loan management software to process loans, and a portfolio management system for funders.

With lending embedded inside Kuelap’s app, the risk is lower because the app has rich borrower data and history, and costs are lower because the borrower is already known.

Our app captures all the data for embedded lending, because coops use it to manage and operate all aspects of their business, including:

  • Members
  • Deposits
  • Loans
  • Accounting & Financial reporting

For coops, our loan management solution covers the full lifecycle of lending:

  • Origination
  • Processing
  • Underwriting
  • Servicing

For lenders, our portfolio management system provides control and visibility. It includes dashboards, reports, and BI & data analytics for:

  • Portfolio performance
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Social impact measurement

In his daily life, this is great progress

51 million MSMEs in Indonesia lack access to affordable credit.

Somewhere in the city, in the early hours of the morning, a micro merchant wakes up and pulls out his mobile phone. He’s taking out a small loan to buy inventory at the local market. He doesn’t have a relationship with a bank. Instead, he’s getting embedded lending directly from his coop.

During the day, he will sell the inventory. At the end of the day, he will repay the loan and put his earnings in a savings account at his coop. He’ll be building his business and credit history and growing his business.

The Kuelap team

Globally experienced; locally present.

The Kuleap team is uniquely positioned to deliver embedded lending solutions to financial cooperatives.

We are globally connected with a local presence. We have fifteen years of experience in financial systems for coops, and deep architectural expertise in low-cost, massively scalable, high security, high-reliability cloud native systems.

  • Craig Chelius, CEO - Global

    Craig Chelius
    CEO - Global

    Craig is a co-founder of Kuelap. He has guided Kuelap through the early days of conceiving and building its coop management system; the go-to-market validation in the midst of the pandemic; and the launch of its embedded lending solution in 2022.

    Craig has passionately pursued the vision of digital financial services for the underbanked, first at the Grameen Foundation, then as co-founder of the Mifos Initiative, and now as part of the Kuelap team.

  • Robert Elles, CTO

    Robert Elles

    Chief Technology Officer - Kuelap. 

  • Jonathan Ncube, CPO

    Jonathan Ncube

    Chief Product Officer - Kuelap

  • Dimas A. Yudhistira, CCO - Indonesia

    Dimas A. Yudhistira
    CCO - Indonesia

    20 years of experience in the field of product and business development, particularly financial institutions. Graduates of the University of Indonesia and the Bogor Agricultural Institute began his careers in banking before moving on to the LPDB-KUMKM Ministry of Cooperatives and MSMEs, the joining of peer-to-peer bloom.id and Digital Payment LinkAja, ensuring that digital technology can boost the competitiveness of cooperatives and MSMEs.

Years of experience with financial cooperatives
Continents with a local presence
Hours of global time zone coverage when we are working
Million +
Members served with all versions of our coop management software

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