Expanding from Loans to Banking Products
Imagine transferring to a new country. You arrive in a new world carrying all of the money you have, on your person—in cash (we’re talking thousands; you can’t open a bank account before you get there).
Fast forward 3 months, 6 months, a year… You’re working for a large enterprise, being well paid, but because you’re not a citizen and have no in-country financial history, not a single financial institution will give you the credit you need to grow your new life. You’ll have to wait SIX years to get a loan at a decent rate; to buy a car, further your education, etc.
Depending on your life experience, this may sound like a far-fetched scenario. But it’s painfully true for the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrive, live, and work in the United States each year.
With an intimate understanding of this problem, the founders of Stilt set out five years ago to make financial products simple, fair, and honest for immigrants. By offering unsecured personal loans on their lending platform, they grew to have customers from 150 countries.
As their customer base grew, the Stilt team got clear feedback that they needed even more banking services. Top among the demands: access to a bank and debit / credit card.