Wagely, an Indonesia-based financial wellness platform, has secured $23 million in new funding amidst current funding drought as the company surpasses more than one million salary disbursements since inception.

Wagely said in a statement on Monday the latest funding round comprises a mix of equity and debt financing.

Capria Ventures, a Global South specialist venture capital firm investing in applied generative AI, is leading the equity portion along with existing investors’ participation.

The round is further accompanied by a significant contribution from a notable private debt fund aimed at expanding wagely’s core earned-wage access (EWA) service in Indonesia and Bangladesh.

Wagely said this collective investment underscores strong confidence in its potential to enhance financial wellness in these key markets.

According to the statement, the financial wellness platform allows workers to better manage their money by letting
them access their pay after each workday.

It is offered free to employers who then provide it as an optional benefit to employees.

Pioneering this concept in both Indonesia and Bangladesh, wagely also allows users to track their salary and access financial literacy resources, empowering workers to not only mitigate financial stress but to move closer to financial freedom.

In 2023 alone, wagely says it has disbursed over $25 million in salaries, processing close to one million transactions and being accessible by 500,000 workers, making it the leading financial wellness service in the region poised for continuous growth.

According to the statement, as many as 75 percent of the nearly 195 million workers in Indonesia and Bangladesh navigate financially challenging situations, relying on each paycheck to make ends meet.

Lack of access to conventional financial services leaves a significant number of workers without the necessary financial tools and support to help improve their financial wellbeing.

“The wagely team has demonstrated excellent execution with impressive growth in providing a sustainable and win-win financial solution for underserved blue-collar workers and employers,

“We see a huge opportunity for wagely to apply Generative AI across multiple use cases, such as automated document processing and local language conversational interfaces for workers to make better financial decisions,” said Dave Richards, Managing Partner, Capria Ventures.

Capria activates strong relationships between hundreds of founders and leading local venture capital firms in the tech hubs of the Global South – from São Paulo to Lagos to Bangalore to Jakarta.

The firm which manages assets exceeding $188 million, has offices in Seattle, Bangalore, Buenos Aires, Nairobi, and Washington DC.

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