Safaricom Sacco Loans; Everything You Need To Know

Getting Safaricom Sacco loans is one way to ease one’s financial burden. Here’s everything you need to know.

It can be expensive to live in Kenya. The cost of necessities like food and shelter continues to rise while incomes remain relatively stagnant. This can make it challenging to make ends meet, let alone save for the future.

One way to ease the financial burden is by taking a loan from a Sacco. Sacco loans are becoming increasingly popular in Kenya as they offer competitive interest rates and flexible repayment terms. Safaricom, one of the largest telecommunications providers in Kenya, offers its own Sacco loan.

A Sacco is a savings and credit cooperative, a financial institution owned and operated by its members. 

If you’re thinking of applying for a Safaricom Sacco loan, here’s everything you need to know.

Who is Eligible for Safaricom Sacco?

Employees of Safaricom Limited, Spouses of Members, and children aged 18 years or older are eligible for the Safaricom Sacco membership. Individuals acquainted with Sacco members and employees of other corporations are also welcome to join.

Alpha/Individual members can borrow loans after a 6-month period of consistent savings with the Back Office Services Activity (BOSA) Section. On the other hand, Omega/Group members are eligible for a loan after saving for the same period with Front Office Services Activity (FOSA) Section.

Safaricom Sacco Limited’s core capital is the Share Capital, where every member must buy at least 400 shares, each costing Sh.100. Members get dividends at the end of every FY based on the Sacco’s performance in that financial year.

How to join Safaricom Sacco? Simple.

Joining Safaricom is as easy as applying for membership via iConnect Web portal. Alternatively, you can download Safaricom Sacco’s membership registration form from Safaricom Sacco’s website.

Consequently, attach your ID copy, passport photo, and a KRA pin certificate copy. You are notified via an SMS when your account is open within two days, with your membership number.

You will also need to pay a one-off fee of Sh.1,000. Furthermore, you must understand that you will pay a minimum monthly contribution of Sh.3,000.

For groups joining Safaricom Sacco, the Omega membership fee is Sh.2,000. The minimum monthly deposit for FOSA is Sh.5,000 and a Sh.20,000 minimum shareholdings for corporates. 

Registered companies, SMEs, and investment groups/chamas are eligible for a maximum of Sh.3 million Safaricom Sacco loan.

Safaricom Sacco Loan Application

All Safaricom Sacco loans, long-term and short-term, are accessible via iConnect. You can acquire Safaricom Sacco loan application form from the site if you meet all the requirements.

Go to iConnect portal and register if you are not yet a member, and validate the registration through the link sent to your email.

 Suppose you are a member, log in to access rebates, dividends, and capacity to apply for loans. The application process varies for FOSA and BOSA savings products.

Safaricom Sacco Loan Requirements

Safaricom Sacco loan products are divided into two– BOSA and FOSA. BOSA savings products are centered around individual members dealing with non-withdrawable savings. 

This allows the members to borrow Safaricom Sacco loans against their savings. BOSA products have competitive interest rates.

FOSA, on the other hand, involves financial services curated for groups. It allows the group members to transfer and deposit cash.  It also gives them a convenient and affordable savings platform.

Loan Requirements for:

  1. Checkoff Members

This includes Safaricom staff and members with a common bond. To be a check-off member implies that one’s employer remits deductions directly to the Sacco. 

In addition, the employer signs a memorandum of understanding with Safaricom Sacco, agreeing for remissions every 5th of the month. They need to meet the following checklist to acquire a loan:

  • Copy of National ID
  • Latest payslip (certified) 
  • Duly filled and signed Safaricom Sacco loan application form
  • Guarantor loan application sign-off or email verification
  1. Non-checkoff Members

Non-checkoff members are Safaricom Sacco members without a common bond. They have to provide:

  • A duly filled and signed loan application form
  • A copy of the National ID
  • The latest certified payslips and bank statements spanning three and six months, respectively. 
  • An employer letter verifying employment terms
  • Guarantor loan application sign-off or email verification
  • Received external standing order and bank charges for interbank transfers
  • Tangible security for the prior secured loans included in the secured loan documentation.
  1. Individual/Alpha Members in Business

Individuals doing business can acquire Safaricom Sacco loans after meeting the following requirements:

  • A duly filled and signed Safaricom Sacco loan application form
  • A copy of national ID
  • CR12
  • Board resolution to borrow
  • Latest invoices/payslips
  • Certified bank statements for the latest six months for long-term loans, three months for short-term loans, and a year for schools
  • Attached financial analysis
  • A map of the business’s physical location 
  • Guarantor loan application sign-off or email verification
  • Business visit call report
  • External standing order and bank charges for interbank transfers
  • Tangible security for prior secured loan, included in the secured loan documentation.
  1. Omega/Group members

This category includes chamas, self-help groups, SMEs, corporates, and investment groups. Acquiring group loans requires:

  • A duly filled Safaricom Sacco loan application form and proof for borrowing. Group officials must also sign the form. 
  • Copies of national ID for all group officials. 
  • Self-help groups by-laws
  • Registration certificate with the registrar of societies
  • Minutes that document the resolution to acquire Safaricom Sacco
  • Proof of revenue
  • The latest 12 months verified bank statements, confirming the revenue source. 
  • Guarantor loan application sign-off or email verification 
  • Map to the business location
  • Attached financial analysis
  • Business visit call report
  • External standing order and bank charges for interbank transfers
  • Tangible security for prior secured loan, included in the secured loan documentation.

What are the benefits of a Safaricom Sacco loan?

There are several benefits of taking out a Safaricom Sacco loan, including:

  • Low-interest rates: The interest rate for a Safaricom Sacco loan is just 1% per month (12% per year). This is much lower than Kenya’s average personal loan interest rate, which is currently around 17% per year.
  • Flexible repayment terms: You can choose to repay your loan over a period of 12, 24, or 36 months. This allows you the flexibility to repay the loan at a pace that suits your budget.
  • Direct salary deduction: Repayment for a Safaricom Sacco loan is deducted directly from your salary. This makes it easy to stay on top of your loan repayments and avoid missing any payments.

Exiting Safaricom Sacco

You can also withdraw from Safaricom Sacco by following the steps below:

  • Submit a duly filled exit withdrawal form.
  • If withdrawing from a group or society, find another guarantor as your replacement if you had guaranteed.
  • Your deposit will be reimbursed within two months from the exit application.
  • You can, however, choose to retain, sell, or transfer your shares to another society member.

Closing Thoughts

Safaricom Sacco loans are a quick and easy way to access funding for emergencies or unexpected expenses. 

However, it’s essential to understand the eligibility requirements, repayment terms, and penalties for late payment before taking out a loan.

Do you have any experience with Safaricom’s Sacco loan service? Let us know in the comments below.