Colendi, the microfinance-focused credit scoring solution for the unbanked and underbanked, today announced the availability of the initial version of the company’s flagship Colendi app. The easy-to-use app was developed to make financial services accessible to the nearly three billion people worldwide who essentially live outside the credit ecosystem.
The app is practical, modern and uses blockchain-based intelligent credit scoring and fraud detection to solve a financial challenge affecting more than 40 percent of the world’s population. It consists of three main components:
- Colendi Score – A digital score uniquely calculated by the Colendi protocol for each user. Colendi Score is created based on transactions, smartphone, social media data and more than 1,000 pieces of personal information. The proprietary Colendi algorithm then stores this score as a smart contract on the Ethereum blockchain.
- Colendi ID – The self-sovereign digital identity Colendi provides to connect a user’s Colendi Score to their digital wallet. A Colendi ID allows customers to share their profile and scoring privately and securely, without the data being exposed to any lender, merchant or partner company on the Colendi platform.
- Colendi Wallet – Where users manage all activity related to their Colendi Tokens (CODs).
Colendi advisor and Enigma co-founder Can Kisagun said:
“We’re impressed by the work of the Colendi team overall, and with the sophistication of this first product that will enable decentralized credit scoring. There are a number of companies out there with ideas on what the market needs, but the expertise and experience of the Colendi team as it relates to the needs of the unbanked and underbanked, as well as from a technological perspective, are unmatched and will ultimately lead to the company’s growth and success.”
Colendi was created to provide a financing alternative for the billions of people who remain unbanked and underbanked, meaning they have either no or limited access to traditional financial institutions. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, for them to secure credit on any level.
What’s more, traditional finance, lending and credit models have proven outdated and inadequate in terms of serving this population.
Decentralized blockchain technology and years of working with the unbanked and underbanked gives Colendi the ability to provide services which existing finance organizations do not offer. With this and upcoming products Colendi makes microcredit, peer-to-peer lending and installment shopping a reality for traditionally underserved populations everywhere.
The AI-based Colendi protocol has already been used to calculate more than 1 million users’ Colendi Scores and can easily be connected to social media accounts and personal information for new users to obtain theirs. Once this score is calculated it is moved to the Ethereum test network. In time the Colendi Scores will be moved to the Mainnet.
Bülent Tekmen, co-founder and CEO of Colendi said:
“We are extremely proud to debut our expert team and initial app to the market. Each of Colendi’s founders has created and led successful organizations for years in business, finance, technology, and with a particular focus on serving the underbanked. With strong support from top advisors and leading global partners ConsenSys, Token Foundry and Sparkchain, our team has developed a product that will revolutionize the credit assessment process and bring financial opportunities to so many around the globe.”
Future releases will offer users the ability to oversee transactions as well as multiple financing options.
The initial version of the Colendi app is available now at the following link on both iOS and Android: https://hi.colendi.com/earlyaccess/.
Colendi is a blockchain-based, decentralized credit evaluation and microcredit protocol, fully compatible with traditional banking requirements and financing methods. Using modern and fully secure evaluation methods, Colendi credit scoring serves as a bridge between lenders and borrowers, enabling the unbanked and underbanked to fully participate in the banking system through microfinancing. The Colendi solution works in real time and on a global scale.