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Chinese investor and Goodwell Investments back MFS Africa to speed business transactions

Tala raises $65 million for alternative credit scoring and mobile lending

  • Growth capital... The $65 million Series C round was backed by Revolution Growth — the growth-capital fund of Steve Case’s Revolution Ventures — along with IVP, Data Collective, Lowercase Capital, Ribbit Capital and Female Founders Fund. The company has raised $105 million in total to date.
  • New markets... Tala will expand to Mexico and India.
 

Rockefeller and UBS Optimus test pay-for-success model for water purification

  • Social success note... UBS Optimus will loan $500,000 to Impact Water using a structure that reduces interest payments if Impact Water hits impact goals.
  • Bonus offer... Rockefeller, meanwhile, is offering an additional $200,000 to cover Impact Water’s loan interest and boost UBS’s returns if those targets are met.
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