Forum > Lender Questions > Why do borrowers pay back immediately, then post a new loan?
I have seen the following happen several times.
1. A loan gets funded with an extended repayment period, say 12 or 24 months
2. Within a few weeks of getting funded, the loan is repaid in full.
3. The borrower immediately sets up a new loan.
Why do borrowers do this? Is it a way to inflate their loan repayment rate? I don't understand why you would immediately repay a loan that you were just granted and then set up a new one.
in my personal experience, when getting a small loan, they accelerate the mortgage because to pursue the credit limit to go up, I also do it when getting a small loan, speed up the duration for repayment, and the borrower also has his own Strategy to increase the credit limit, on the dash page can also visible credit line notice, there reflects the notification, if paying payment before the specified time, will get an additional bonus credit. therefore after paying off, they will make a new loan application .
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Increasing their current on-time repayment rate is one of the reasons. In addition, some also do that in order to increase their credit limit but forgetting that they need to hold the current loan for a minimum period of time before they can qualify for that increase. Lack of understanding of some of this rule makes a borrower pay off his/her loan within some few weeks of the loan fully funded. Hence we (Volunteer Mentors) need to educate them very well.
This is usually termed as fraudulent especially if the loan limit is way big.But the loan adjustment allows it. Which is better? failing to pay or not paying. But take for example a new member who applies for a loan in Kenya and is granted a loan of only KES 25. It is much better to repay it immediately and fail to request another or request than failing to pay. Many assume small loans seeing no obligations to pay them. Like in Kenya you cant be reported to CRB with just a loan of KES 100 and less. This is because the penalty is way destructive. Its not so good to generalize the situation at hand.
Thanks for the question. In my view, the reason are as follows
1. To get the early repayment bonus
2. To increase the loan limit
3. To win lenders trust
4. To get more money and get to the highest loan limit.
We believe that this is what is expected from we borrowers by lenders.
Does it mean that you don't like this?
What do you lenders expect from borrowers? help us to understand. Thanks for the question.
your very right my brother why do people want to be rich in one day .
you need to build trust with the lenders , by being honest borrower ,
there's no elevators to success you need to go/ climb the stairs upwards.
Personally, as a lender, I prefer to loan money to people who actually need to borrow the requested amount. this behavior actually makes me trust the borrower LESS because the borrower's stated reasons for the loan may be for a printing machine or bales of wheat when actually the borrower does not need the loan and is doing it for the reasons listed above. I am not saying they are not valid reasons. You have to do what you have to do to increase your loan limit on this platform. If that is your reason, however, I would want that to be listed as the reason in the loan application. Regards,
I think for faithful borrowers this is in a bid to increase the the limits to take more e funds in future. Would kindly ask Will please help me in funding my loan I could really use your help.
Thanks Mr Will. This is one stratagy to increase your credit limit. I normally tell my invitees to make use of the on-time repayment bonus because they are complaining to me that zidisha loan is too small and hence can't help them in their businesses. I told them that if they want to increase their credit limit then(1) They must try to repay all their loans before the set date to get credit limit (2)Time to hold loans(3)Volunteer mentor and l have help them to do that (4)Maintenance of at least 90% repayment rate etc
One thing Mr Will you need to understand is that after loans have been completed the applicant must be given the opportunity immediately to apply new loans are as follows; Base on the information l have gathered from friends and invited members.
1.It takes about 3-5 days before payments are credited to ones account after payments.
2.You have to spend about half an hour on the internet before posting new application. Pictures uploading may take about 10 minutes.(Errors)
3.After posting, it takes about 5-7 days before its been reviewed.
4.After review, it may take about 4-5 days before the loan is fully funded and you will be ask to accept within 3 days.
5.After accepting, it may take about 7-14 days before the loan is finally disbursed.
In a nutshell it makes about a month before one get the loan after payments is completed. So if zidisha tell us to wait for sometimes before we can apply a new loan after payments, then it may take about two month before we get the loan. It's better that applicants are given the opportunity to apply new loan when payments are completed.
Holding of loans are use to control this too.
Hi sir,i think some of the reasons include:#to attain the incentive given for early repayment.#to grow your trust with lenders,eg 90%+.very few lenders or generally human beings can trust strange borrowers/strangers.they base on history to give judgement.so many borrowers would be having great investment ideas at the moment,which require like 300 dollars but since their trustworthiness takes time to be build,they try to accelerate it,as the idea would become outdated.so if maybe after some time,when shorter n secure methods of building trustworthiness have been researched on,some borrowers would be jumping to bigger loans from the word go,esp those in permanent employment and those with established businesses.thanks
This happens to increase the credit limit. You are kindly lending to some of us who have been previously prejudiced by strenuous requirements in the traditional SACCOs and banks, hence impoverished to to almost below poverty levels. Therefore, we would love to increase the credit limits so as to meet out business objectives. Kindly, bear with such kind of scenarios. Kind regards,
I have often seen full repayment done within a week and at times, even before the first repayment date!
I do see the need to have credit limit increased quickly. However, in my mind, doing it this way defeats the purpose why the process has been set up this way. The idea is that you prove credit worthiness by starting with small amounts and paying back fully+in time. The increased limit needs to be backed up by such performance.
I dont know about other lenders, but if I see such speedy payments in previous loan payments, I tend to stay away as I am not sure how well the repayments will be for larger amount. I rather take my chance on someone who might have struggled with repayments and has lower rating for On Time Repayments.
You could also send them a link to the Borrowers FAQ
Or you could tell the borrower that you don’t want to be repaid early. And that you like them to reinvest the money they have earned to make more profit till it’s time to do a repayment.
But you are right. They must proof their creditworthiness by being able to generate an income from the money they lend.
I agree with you all although I am not a victim but let's look at it this way; someone will take a loan of $450 and adjust the weekly repayment amount to $1or less than that. Doesn't this situation also cause for concern
I think such a repayment amount will take years before making a full repayment of the loan. So I suggest that there should be a limit on the adjustment amount.
It is my understanding that currently there is a limit of 5 years (60 months) to clear a loan. I think the system automatically will adjust the installment amount if someone tries to lower it to such a small amount that it would take more than five (5) years to clear the loan.
Regarding making early remittances, that never is a good idea at Zidisha, because that will not help increase the on-time repayment percentage or the credit limit.
There are only two things that go into the calculation of the on-time repayment rate, which are: (1) on-time remittances, and (2) late remittances.
--> On-time helps you.
--> Late hurts you.
--> Early does nothing at all for you.
That's why sometimes you see a new borrower with a fully repaid loan but there isn't any on-time repayment rate recorded. The borrower made all of the installment payments early, so an on-time repayment rate was not established (and the credit limit, therefore, will not increase much, if at all).
--> Therefore, always try to send remittances on time... not late... and not early.
--> Also, please note that the on-time repayment rate includes all of your on-time remittances--(and, if applicable, all of your late remittances)--which have occurred since you joined. In other words, all of your loans are taken into consideration, not just your current loan.
Thank you for this sufficient information. I agree with you at some point. But part of support ticket someone mentioned on-time repayment is any payment made in between -10, +10 days of weekly payment due date. And quickly concluded that any payment outside this range was termed as late payment and hence the reason one of my invited friend had a low repayment rate despite of making payments way long earlier. Could you clarify how the systems puts into account on -10+10 days thing. And for sure early repayments helps with nothing.But could help if for eg in Kenya there is this time when loan limits for new members was KES 25, I used to tell them to pay and apply again coz this can only buy a half a bread and is not accountable to be paid in a months time.
It's my understanding that anything credited within the grace period that you mentioned is considered "on time". Prior to that is "early" and doesn't count toward the on-time repayment rate. Later than that is "late" and hurts the on-time repayment rate.
Do you mean KES 25 after deductions?
"Sometimes, some borrowers haven't understood well and think that they only have to remit the Net Disbursement amount and that that completes their obligation. That is not true (unless they cancel the loan very soon after receiving the Net Disbursement and before making any additional remittance which would begin paying the Fees they agreed to)."
Thank you for this info. It it possible to add the info about the repayment score calculation to the Borrowers FAQ?
Also it would be nice if there was more info in the Borrowers FAQ about the one time membership fee. It’s only mentioned in the Lenders FAQ.
And at last an explanation how to create a support ticket would be nice as well. That a borrower needs to click on “help” to create a support ticket isn’t logical for all borrowers.
Hi, Joost. I apologize for the late reply. I only just now saw your post about this!
Julia is the only person who can approve and make changes to the FAQs.
You are welcome to ask her, of course! :-)
A good thought,its always healthy to put everything in a state of moderation,this will satisfy many classes of people.if the repayment period is not given a limit,some loans will take years to be fully repaid.this discourages lenders and even hinders growth on the side of borrowers.in addition,most people who repay early,it doesnt mean that the money has come from the investment they did with the loan.take for example a borrower who takes a loan to buy fertiliser for his young sugarcane crop.for him to realise returns,it will take 14-15 months to harvest and sell.i think that is why in the profile we are usually asked to provide information about our alternative sources of income,to support loan repayments,incase of long term loan investments like a degree course in university.thanks
apologize first ,
the bonus is applied if they can hold the minimum loan period and Finish repay the loan before the specified time, why zidisha apply bonus like that ?? I think it is a strategy so that the borrower can pay repayment on time, and it is also a strategy so that borrowers do not delay in paying off the repayment,
if the new borrower holds a loan for a week or two and immediately repay, it is not good. because it is too fast in paying the repayment.
I mean not like that.
accelerate the installment due to the pursuit of repayment before the specified time.
Example: The frequency of our repayment is Juny, but zidisha give a bonus if we can pay before the time specified, ie in May, we are also in the value also counted (on time Repayments)
we only chase 1 month faster to get bonus, if repayment faster before frequency repayment then fund lenders will quickly return and can to give to other borrower.
if the case like that, it is certain that the main purpose is to increase the loan limit quickly.
Many such cases occur in the month of September-November 2017 when the expedited system is still available and borrowers do not need to hold the loan for up to 1 month to increase the loan limit.
The purpose of the zidisha loan is to be utilized and developed on the business or the purpose of the loan, but some borrowers exploit the expedited system just to achieve the maximum loan limit possible.
Their pattern is to apply several loans within 1 month, the loan is repaid after a few days or maybe 1 week of funds received, after reaching certain loan limit (usually 4 digits loan), they stop that loan pattern and change the installment into the smallest installment, resulting in the duration loans become very long to tens of years.
Although now there is a policy that the maximum duration of the loan is 5 years, but there are still some loans with a very long duration that initially use the loan pattern I mentioned above to achieve the highest loan limit.
I see your loan in desember 2017 also with the pace of repayment
as you said in the Indonesian sub forum, each member has the right to increase or decrease the amount of installments according to his current condition.
for me, when I get additional income would not hurt if I pay early, as long as done in a natural way.
I mean here is the pattern of loan repayment very quickly (in just a few days or a maximum of 1 week after the funds received) repeatedly done at several loans in 1 month with the aim to reach the highest loan limit, I am sure you understand with that pattern and can distinguish a reasonable early loan repayment or with the above objectives.
Note: for me as a clothing seller, December is a great month because sales increase during high season Christmas and New year, so I can paid off my loan earlier.
Someone who repays within few days on all loans taken is really not in need and he is there to just rise the loan limit ladder but someone who takes 1 month plus is genuine because the funds he took have already been spent and he is trying his best to gain the limit bonuses. I have been paying my loans quickly because my business growth is stable and much returns are realised and this puts the loan amount or credit limit too small or fixed to meet my business needs but all the same I can never borrow what I dont need. Am grateful for zidisha.
Hi guys, I'm so embarrassed to say this right now BUT my on time repayment rate has slid from 100% to 14% due to a default in repayment over the past few weeks. I was looking to raise my on time repayment rate back up to 80% over the next couple of weeks/months by abiding to my repayment schedule and making on time repayments.
Has any other lender been in such a position and is it possible to raise my on time repayment rate back to where it was?
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Please ignore my previous text.
This topic contains the right information.
therefore my current limit would have remains constant because i made early payment !!!!
it should not have been reduced from 140 to 114!!!
Thanks to my continued on-time repayment my OTR rate has risen from 14% to 50% and rising. Thanks for your invaluable advise guys.
Thanks for the clarification Joost, this is highly useful.
So I presume if I continue making repayments on the remaining balance on time as highlighted above, there is a probability that my on time repayment rate will slowly but surely move up again?
Looking forward to learning from you on this and thanks again for your selfless service to the Zidisha community.
I think so. Every payment that is on-time (i.e. +/- 10 days, according to Joost) should improve your rating.
Yes. Its gradually up in slowly pace. I don't know the number percentage will add to your score when your payment count as ontime payment. When your payment count as ontime, it will adding the number inside parenthesis. And please remember they credited to US Eastern Time.
Thanks for the detailed explanation. What do you mean by "..and please remember they credited to us eastern time."?
Zidisha base is at 21900 Muirfield Circle #104 Sterling, Virginia 20164 USA, so every payment will credited to our account according the time there. For example, Indonesia is 12 hours ahead of zidisha base, when I pay my installment early in the morning on Feb 11, it will credited to my account on Feb 10.
That's why when there are payment made and hasn't credited to borrowers account directly, zidisha ask the borrowers to wait 3 days before making a ticket on the procedure page for reporting uncredited payment. Usually borrowers just after paid the installment and their payment hasn't credited to their account yet, they will directly on that day making a ticket and post that in the forum. I'm sure that make a lot of work for zidisha volunteers and staff, if they just wait for 3 days as the procedure on that page, they will give more time for zidisha staff to works on others things that need fast response. The grace period is 10 days. So when one payment hasn't credited to their account, they will still count ontime if they pay their installment as the schedule, it just look a week behind. They can inform their lenders about their uncredited payment and what they've done to inform zidisha staff about their payment. That's my opinion.
I now understand Fauziyah thanks for the clarification, it really helps.
Just a quick clarification...
The teams credit payments from many locations throughout the world. Team members are located all over the globe. Only Julia, our Director, is located in Sterling, Virginia, United States. Some of us also are in her same time-zone, but most actually are not. Also, sometimes she is in Indonesia, visiting her husband's family, and she sometimes works from there. :-)
Payments get credited on the Zidisha website with the date that the borrower paid through the money-transfer partner (for example, through M-Pesa in Kenya), not the date that the team posts the payment onto the Zidisha website. If there was any temporary indication on the Zidisha website that the payment was "late", as long as the payment was paid through the money-transfer partner within the grace period, then that "Repaying Late" notation gets automatically corrected by the system to "Repaying On Time" as soon as the payment is posted on the Zidisha website.
Thank you for the clarification Laurie. I see, so for borrower in Indonesia the date credited to our account base on xendit, the money transfer patner zidisha in Indonesia then. I ever paid my installment on 3 am Indonesia time on Jan 27 and on my repayment page showed I paid it on Jan 26, but if I paid it on afternoon, it will wrote as the same date as I made the payment.
I wish to meet her if she is in Indonesia, unfortunately her husband family I guess living in Bali (I can only guess from some of her picture) Bali is another island from mine.
Thank you for that clarification, too, Fitri. Yes, I think you are right that it is according to the United States Eastern Time-Zone, so if a borrower is close to the end of the grace period, he/she should be careful to stay within the grace period, taking our time-zone over here into consideration. However, since you are ahead of us, and most countries where we have borrowers are ahead of us, most borrowers won't have to worry about being late. They may have to worry about paying *early*, though, since early repayments don't count toward the on-time repayment rate (only the on-time and late payments go into that calculation).
My second paragraph above, though, still stands. I know you already knew what is there, Fitri, but I wrote it for any others who may not know.
It would be nice if you two could meet sometime. Idk where her husband's family lives, though, but you could ask her. :-)
Yes laurie. I understand the second paragraf. Dave had explain to me very well on VM forum and old thread in borrower forum. Btw I rarely see Dave now. It's look like he works behind the scence, only saw his trace on 'like'.
I will ask her when the time is right ;)
I love the sentence no news mean good news. This usually apply when my brother forget to give the task and I already run away to avoid the task by silence my phone hehehe ;)
Be encouraged bro,there is hope.mine dropped to about 72%,but im at 82%,a lesson well learned,experience gained.if situations are tough,make use of instalment adjustment opportunity,even reduce to the least possible instalment,then increase after financial recovery,it does not affect your repayment score,a good reason why zidisha is unique n understanding.welcome.
"So instead of paying early you should first change your installment amount so your scheduled repayment dates are recalculated and then you can do 1 large repayment."
I've found this piece of advice, especially useful. I will implement it in certain circumstances. Thanks
You could also keep the current repayment dates and reinvest the money into new stock to generate even more profit. This is what I like the most.
Sure Joost, thanks!
I have found these messages pretty interesting. Everyday I get educated.
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