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Grab launches SME loans and micro-insurance in Southeast Asia

In a latest pierce over ride-hailing, Southeast Asia’s Grab has started to offer financing to SMEs and micro-insurance to a drivers.

The launch comes only weeks after Grab lifted $1.5 billion from a Vision Fund as partial of a incomparable $5 billion Series H appropriation turn that’ll be used to conflict opposition Go-Jek, that is opposed with Grab to turn a tip on-demand app for Southeast Asia’s 600 million-plus consumers.

Grab acquired Uber’s Southeast Asia business in 2018 and it has spent a past year or so pulling a ‘super app’ strategy. That’s radically an bid to turn a daily app for Southeast Asia and, over rides, it entails food delivery, payments and other services on demand. Financial services are also a poignant cube of that focus, and now Grab is switching on loans and micro-insurance for a initial time.

Initially, a initial marketplace is Singapore, though a devise is to enhance to Southeast Asia’s 5 other vital markets, Reuben Lai,  who is comparison handling executive and co-head of Grab Financial, told TechCrunch on a sidelines of the Money20/20 discussion in Singapore. Lai declined to yield a timeframe for a expansion.

The association announced a launch into financial services final year and that, Lai confirmed, was a quite offline effort. Now a new financial products announced currently will be accessible from within a Grab app itself.

Grab is also formulation to rise a ‘marketplace’ of financial products that will concede other financial organizations to foster services to a 130 million purebred users. Grab doesn’t yield total for a active user base.

Grab announced a height play final summer that allows comparison partners to rise services that lay within a app. Some services have enclosed grocery delivers from Happy Fresh, video streaming use Hooq, and health services from China’s Ping An.

Article source: https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/19/grab-launches-sme-loans-and-micro-insurance/