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New Year, New Name: ‘Aloi’

From ‘Aeloi Technologies’ to ‘Aloi Private Limited’

Our former name ‘Aeloi’ and our new name both are the phonetic spelling of alloy. You might be thinking why we are changing the spelling when it has the same meaning. Well, in these almost three years of our company, ‘Aeloi’ was often pronounced incorrectly. Especially our stakeholders like grassroots level micro-entrepreneurs, the financial institutions, and the vendors we work with couldn’t pronounce ‘Aeloi’ and even in some cases couldn’t remember the name. As you know, a brand isn’t just a name, it’s the whole purpose that it caters to and how the stakeholders perceive us. In many cases, people couldn’t find our website and our socials because the name was so hard to pronounce and remember. Hence, with the New Year 2022, we introduce you our new name ‘Aloi’.

The re-branding journey 

Our rebranding from Aeloi to Aloi started more than 6 months back. From the name to the logo, we had to change a lot of things. Aloi and the team had a really tough time deciding on a new name and logo that still reflected our vision: ‘Unlocking affordable impact-targeted financing to grow a green economy led by grassroots micro-enterprises.’

Throughout this journey, we did a lot of brainstorming where we took a lot of ideas and advice from our team and other professionals. Even if we had to change our logo, we have kept the brand colours the same. With the help of all the brainstorming and collective ideas, we finally launched our new name Aloi Private Limited with an upgraded logo. We aim to continue to open doors for micro-businesses to more affordable business financing. 

Say hello to Aloi!

Aloi Private Limited

We are extremely happy and excited about our new name. Aloi is easy to pronounce and we hope now it will be easier for our stakeholders to remember that ‘Aloi’ the company provides loan insight software for financial institutions. Through the software, they can monitor loan end-use, view real-time insights similar to automatic audits on microenterprises.

Aloi has been working towards providing micro-entrepreneurs with access to affordable finances. We continue to help them build their credit score for better future financing. At the end of the day, Aloi is working and will keep on working to make the grassroots economy thrive. 

Here’s to the new name ‘Aloi’ and creating more last-mile impact in the grassroots economy.

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Farmers & Livestock Owners in Crisis

Lockdown Impact on farmers and livestock owners

Regrow is our agriculture product and for the pilot, we partnered with Mahila Sahayatra Laghubitta Bittiya Sanstha, microfinance. This microfinance has borrowers mainly from farming households, livestock, and animal husbandry owners. Since the Nepal Government announced lockdown, the borrowers haven’t been able to go from district to district for a market to sell/buy. Their livelihood is in danger and are under debt they are not able to pay.

At this crucial time, they aren’t even getting a market for their product and their income source is almost nothing right now. For food supplies, these farmers rely on their production. Farming, which used to be their main source of income has now become useful just for their sustenance. Other than this, for covering small expenses one woman farmer quoted that, “apart from welding iron utensils, we earn from farming and working as a laborer in other farms. So somehow, I am managing to repay the loan from the earnings from welding iron for now.”

One farmer shared that the peas harvested in this season went to waste because normally, before the lockdown the collectors would come and collect it from the farm. Because of the lockdown, it’s not possible to sell even in their local market because their product is greater than the market demand. As a result, the wastage of pea cost each farmer NPR. 30,000-50,000. For the livestock and animal husbandry as well, the scenario is the same, neither they can sell their products nor they can buy due to no cash flow. Normally, farmers and livestock owners would re-pay their loan through this but sadly they aren’t able to do that right now.

For farmers and livestock owners suffering from numerous problems including loan re-payment, Aloi Private Limited has built a system that can monitor financial transactions to ensure that the funds have been used for the intended purpose. Most of the time what happens is these people take up loans initially for their occupational purpose but they end up using it for their household expenditure. To track these funds we link the recipient of funds with the vendors they will spend the funds on. For example; if we provide a digital token loan to Ram, a farmer then he can only use that token loan to buy goods and services like seeds, fertilizers, or agriculture skill training. The restriction isn’t bound to how much or when he spends it on but the restriction is on if he spends the token loan for his intended purpose or not. This solves a major issue of tracking funds. This will help farmers like Ram to spend their loans wisely for a greater return rather than general expenses.

As phones are easily accessible to farmers and livestock owners, we have used SMS as token loans. SMS is easier to operate for taking and processing loans with less or no requirement of mobility. These farmers use SMS to request token loans from Regrow system likewise, it is used by the farmer to pay our registered vendor for the payment of the purchased goods. Later on, the vendor then redeems the token loan through our partnered microfinance. This will be a huge help for faster transaction processing in times of crisis like COVID-19 where mobility is restricted.

Our technology helps in providing accessible and affordable financial services to support these farmers and livestock owners with utmost inclusivity of borrowers regardless of gender or any other social status. The trackable digitized loan helps them gain credibility in taking up loans that usually isn’t trusted by lenders (microfinance). During this pandemic, many people aren’t able to pay off their loans so by monitoring we are reducing the lending risks for microfinance and ultimately moving towards lower interest rates. This benefits both parties; the borrowers and the microfinance organization.