South African Fintech Startup Acquires Thuthukani, Integrates as Fin Home Loans

Fintech startup Fin has announced that it has completed the acquisition of South African housing finance provider Thuthukani Housing Finance (“Thuthukani”). This acquisition continues Fin’s expansion into all relevant finance offerings for individuals & SMEs across its markets. 

With this acquisition, Thuthukani’s incremental housing finance offering was renamed Fin Home Loans and integrated into Fin’s South African portfolio. Fin Home Loans’ aim will remain to give middle to lower-income Fin customers access to affordable finance. Supported projects range from new builds and renovations to fitting a kitchen, solar & backup systems, and more.  

Fin’s partner-first embedded credit strategy enables its partners to use Fin’s tools and services to provide credit to their customers. Fin is continually identifying partners in different sectors with this need, and as such, the Thuthukani acquisition is an extension of this strategy. Like other Fin products, Fin Home Loans works with trusted partners, including building supply stores and employers, for reliable, convenient, and scaled distribution to its customers. 

Timothy Nuy, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Fin said “The leadership of Thuthukani has done an excellent job in building up a needed development housing finance offering for the South African market. Under the product name Fin Home Loans and as part of our wide portfolio of consumer & SME finance products, we will expand the service’s distribution and options as we look to leverage and expand housing finance to other regions.”

Mark Seymour, founder of Thuthukani (now Fin Home Loans), said “I could not be more excited about integrating Thuthukani into Fin: this enables us to scale the business and bring our offering to many more people. I am also keen to explore all the synergies within the wider portfolio.”

In December 2022, Fin announced a successful round of funding and completed its brand integration across its markets – Fin South Africa, Fin Kenya, and Fin Tanzania. As in the other markets, the selection of services in South Africa will be known as their descriptive product names going forward.

As these separate brands are consolidated under Fin South Africa as products, the opportunity for cross-selling and better community engagement grows. 

Tonderai Mutesva, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Fin, based in Nairobi, Kenya, said “Our latest South  African acquisition, as well as the continued integration of a wide range of products into our neo-banking platform, displays our strong ambition. We want to be the trusted provider to our  customers throughout the continent for whatever they need financially to improve their lives and  grow their business.”

With its offerings ranging from credit to insurance and savings, Fin says aims to be simply smarter finance for all its clients.

Silas Ugochi

Silas Ugochi is a Staff Writer and Content Creator at GetFundedAfrica. Ugochi is an educated content writer who relishes using her skills to help GetFundedAfrica's Media Team achieve the goal of sharing the success stories of African entrepreneurs. When she isn't writing articles, she can be found listening to music, reading, or DJing.

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