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Kala has raised US$6M to continue in its mission to digitalize the credit experience in Latam

April 12, 2023
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Christine Hall
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TechCrunch
Small businesses in Latin America got another boost in lending support with the investment of $4 million in Kala, a Colombia-based company building fintech infrastructure for lending.
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The company, co-founded by Manuel Alemán, Rodolfo Lazo and Paul Cattólica in 2022, is developing a vertical SaaS product for institutions, like banks and credit unions, that want to launch and operate their own credit products.

Alemán, who has a background in microfinance, explained that lack of inclusion and access to capital in Latin America account for low loan penetration figures, in the low double digits in many cases.

“We turn any lender into a fintech lender,” Alemán told TechCrunch. “Our goal is to increase financial inclusion in Latin America and empower small banks and credit unions to serve the underserved markets.”
Kala lending Latin America

Kala officially launched in July 2022 and within the first six months had three customers, two in Colombia and one in Mexico, using the product and dispersing it to over 50,000 customers. Kala charges a SaaS fee and is already bringing in revenue, Alemán said.

Now flush with capital, the company joins other fintechs — for example, Kredito, Mono and Marco Financial — providing avenues for businesses to get access to credit.

The new funding, which closed in December, brings the company’s total funding to $6 million. It was led by Cometa and included existing investors Canary, Acrew, Clocktower and 99 Startups.

The company currently has 28 employees and will deploy the capital into expansion of its product, tech, customer acquisition and customer support teams. Kala will also continue to focus on Colombia and Mexico this year.

“It’s a perfect time for Kala because banks understand how difficult it is to get a credit product started,” Alemán said. “We can do this in weeks, not years, and we aim to become the standard for fintech lending in Latin America.”
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The company, co-founded by Manuel Alemán, Rodolfo Lazo and Paul Cattólica in 2022, is developing a vertical SaaS product for institutions, like banks and credit unions, that want to launch and operate their own credit products.

Alemán, who has a background in microfinance, explained that lack of inclusion and access to capital in Latin America account for low loan penetration figures, in the low double digits in many cases.

“We turn any lender into a fintech lender,” Alemán told TechCrunch. “Our goal is to increase financial inclusion in Latin America and empower small banks and credit unions to serve the underserved markets.”
Kala lending Latin America

Kala officially launched in July 2022 and within the first six months had three customers, two in Colombia and one in Mexico, using the product and dispersing it to over 50,000 customers. Kala charges a SaaS fee and is already bringing in revenue, Alemán said.

Now flush with capital, the company joins other fintechs — for example, Kredito, Mono and Marco Financial — providing avenues for businesses to get access to credit.

The new funding, which closed in December, brings the company’s total funding to $6 million. It was led by Cometa and included existing investors Canary, Acrew, Clocktower and 99 Startups.

The company currently has 28 employees and will deploy the capital into expansion of its product, tech, customer acquisition and customer support teams. Kala will also continue to focus on Colombia and Mexico this year.

“It’s a perfect time for Kala because banks understand how difficult it is to get a credit product started,” Alemán said. “We can do this in weeks, not years, and we aim to become the standard for fintech lending in Latin America.”
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