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  • Age
    38
  • Title
    Founder and CEO
  • Company
    Tala

With Tala, the mobile lending app she founded in 2011, Shivani Siroya is bringing the fintech revolution to consumers in emerging markets like Kenya, the Philippines, India, and Mexico. By extending microloans ranging from $10 to $500 to individuals in these markets, Siroya’s firm is deploying 21st-century technology to provide opportunities to those traditionally underserved by the financial system. In turn, Tala has grown at a prolific rate: It was reportedly valued at around $700 million in the wake of a $110 million Series D funding round last summer, with more than 4 million customers having received upwards of $1 billion in loans through the company’s platform.