Frequently Asked Questions


About Mekar

  • What is Mekar?

    Mekar (P.T. Sampoerna Wirausaha) was founded in 2010. It is fully owned by the Putera Sampoerna Foundation. Mekar aims to improve access to finance to small businesses that have a positive economic and social impact in Indonesia. We do this by connecting funders with businesses needing finance. To enable this we partner closely with (non-bank) financial institutions which are present all over Indonesia. 

    Mekar uses technology to improve access to finance for small businesses in Indonesia.  It achieves this mission in two ways:

    Firstly, Mekar engages wealthier Indonesians to finance the less wealthy entrepreneurial Indonesians. As a small and efficient institution Mekar achieves national coverage by working with credit cooperatives, rural banks and its partner bank Bank Sahabat Sampoerna with 120 branches across the country.  

    These institutions find, select and pre-fund the businesses. Mekar selects the least risky borrowers for wealthier Indonesians to finance. This then frees up the capital of the institutions so that more businesses can be financed. https://mekar.id is the webplatform that Mekar uses for this service.

    Secondly, through its network of agents, Mekar is able to identify small businesses that need finance to grow. Mekar’s agents find businesses that need finance. Mekar’s partner financial institutions then follow up on these leads. https://leads.mekar.id is the webplatform that Mekar uses for this service.

  • Why is Mekar different to other online lenders?

    A positive impact on Indonesia. 

    All our loans are productive loans. The finance is used by a business to buy more inventory, expand, buy a machine - generally to expand the business. The good thing about this is it creates jobs. Mekar doesn’t do consumer or employee-salary finance. 

    We select Indonesian businesses that make and sell Indonesian products from Indonesian farmers and manufacturers. Some P2P crowdfunding platforms will finance suppliers of Ecommerce sites. We don’t because the majority of goods come from China, it has a marginal or negative impact on Indonesian lives and economy.

    Mekar loans have a positive social or environmental impact. We select loans to businesses that are good for children, mothers, grand-parents and future generations of Indonesians. We help finance food production, water, education, health as well as waste and pollution reduction. If the loans don’t do this we won’t offer the loan to our funders.

    Mekar loans are insured and guaranteed. Every loan we offer comes with a clear listing of the risks involved. Every loan we offer comes with a guarantee from our Loan Provider or insurance to ensure you don’t lose your initial investment (the principal). However, please be advised that this guaranteed scheme is not a 0% risk free. If the Loan Provider goes bankrupt then the principal of the loan is not guaranteed. However, continuously checks the financial strength and collection ability of our Loan Providers. If you want more return on your loans, at a higher risk, then the choice is yours.

    Mekar loans are from all over Indonesia, not just Jakarta. This is made possible because we partner with carefully selected financial institutions. We work together with local Credit Cooperatives (KSP), local Rural banks (BPRs) as well as with Bank Sahabat Sampoerna which has 120 branches throughout Indonesia. All these institutions are good at selecting and lending to small businesses.

  • Why is Mekar necessary?

    In Indonesia banks provide finance to less than 20% of the businesses that need it. 80% are either served by friends, family and loan sharks. Mekar aims to make access to finance for growing businesses possible without the need of growing a large branch network. That is why Mekar works with carefully selected local financial institutions so that your funds go to where businesses need it most.

  • Who is behind Mekar?

    Mekar is formally known as PT Sampoerna Wirausaha. Mekar is funded and fully owned by the Putera Sampoerna Foundation. The Foundation has financed the company and the full loan capital in 2016 and 2017. The company was originally established in November 2010, and has undergone several changes since then. Mekar is managed by Thierry Sanders (Strategy), Pandu Kristy (Operations), Randy Gunadi (Sales) and Jaap Gorjup (CTO). Mekar started lending on December 11th 2015.

  • Is Mekar regulated by the OJK?

    MEKAR is a company providing Lending Platform services, organized and incorporated under the laws of the Republic of Indonesia. The Company is currently not registered and supervised yet by Indonesian Financial Services Authority, but the Company is fully committed to comply with the provisions of OJK Regulation No.77/POJK.01/2016 governing FinTech Lending.  Mekar does its best to meet the best of standards. It works closely with Bank Sahabat Sampoerna to meet even banking regulation levels.

  • What kind of legal entity is Mekar?

    Mekar is a PT. A PT is a limited liability company.

  • What is the meaning of Mekar and the logo?

    Mekar means to blossom. The 3 colours in our logo symbolize the collaboration between funders, agents and entrepreneurs. The yellow is the Mekar staff & technology which unites it all.  Together we blossom, Mekar bersama. Mekar’s formal company name is PT Sampoerna Wirausaha.

Lending - Why & What

  • Why should I become a lender?

    Mekar offers you a double bonus. (1) An interest rate which is higher than what you can earn in a savings account. Generally you can earn 5%-6% on a time deposit account. With Mekar you can earn up to 13% per year. (2) Your money helps economic development of Indonesia. If you save money at a bank it is very unclear how your money is being used by the bank. With Mekar it will be used to finance the growth of small businesses. You will also know who is using your money and what for.

  • What is P2P, crowdfunding or marketplace lending?

    Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending is the same as ‘crowdfunding’ or ‘marketplace’ lending. It means that your money is being used to finance the loan that you selected, person-to-person. P2P lending and Crowdfunding also means that a ‘crowd’ of many lenders can finance one borrower.

  • Is my money really used for the business I have selected?

    Yes. The loan that you have selected and financed will be formally your loan.  If the loan was ‘pre-funded’ by the ‘lending partner’ then their initial money comes free to finance new loans.

  • Is the interest rate per year flat or effective or APR?

    If our website quotes 10% we mean the flat rate. This means that  a Rp. 100 loan will become Rp. 110 at the end of the year, so you earned Rp. 10.  The “effective” or APR (annual percentage rate) is higher. 10% flat is the same as 15% effective or APR.

    We prefer the communicate the flat rate because it is what you get, 100 at 10% = 110 at the end of the year. Other lenders like to offer the effective rate because it seems you may get more.

  • What is a ‘Lending Partner’ and how does Mekar select one?

    A Lending Partner is the organisation that Mekar works with to find small businesses, finance them and collect the loans for you. Mekar with an office in Jakarta cannot serve businesses in far parts of Indonesia. To do this we work with experienced financial institutions that know how to select and finance businesses locally.

    These institutions can be a bank with local branches like Bank Sahabat Sampoerna or a Rural bank (Bank Perkreditan Rakyat or BPR). But it can also be a non-bank financial institution like a Credit Cooperative (Koperasi Simpan Pinjam or KSP).

    We select these Lending Partners because they have a large portfolio of business borrowers; they are very experienced at lending to businesses; they have a low level of non-performing loans (NPLs) and they can provide you with guarantees to protect the principal portion of your loan. 

  • What is a rating system?

    All lending can be risky. For your peace of mind when investing with us, we would like to let you know that all of the loans and lending partners at Mekar have been through strict selection process.  

    Here are our selection criteria:
    All Lending Partner must have:
    - less than 3% of non-performing loans (NPLs). These are loans that are late in repaying
    - disbursed at least 1000 productive/business loans
    - have enough financial reserves to buffer it against big financial risks
    - signed to guarantee your loan principal (the loan amount).

    And all borrowers must:
    - have never been late in repaying their loan
    - use the loan to grow their business

    In addition to the strict selection criteria above, we give "bonus points" or a "rating" to loans that are extra safe. So even our riskiest loan, with an "E" rating bears a relatively low risk. We hope that our rating system helps you understand the (low) risk of our loans. 

    Rating Table Eng
    RATING

    ALowest risk, 4 points 


    BLow risk, 3 points 


    CMedium risk, 2 points 


    DHigher risk, 1 point 


    EHighest risk, 0 points       
           

  • How does Mekar select the businesses and the loans?

    We select loans for you that 
    - are used for productive (business) purposes, like working capital or buying a equipment or expanding the business. 
    - have never been late in payments or have been rescheduled;
    - have the highest securities, like collateral, to reduce the loan risk;
    - have the highest developmental impact. Loans with a positive education, health, food, water, recycling or job creation impact.

  • How does Mekar make its money?

    Mekar charges the Lending Partner for every loan sold. Mekar will generally charge between 1% and 3% of the principal for the service.

Lending - How?

  • How do I finance the loan that I have choose from BCA?

    Transfer using BCA ATM 
    - On the main menu, choose Transfer
    - Choose BCA Virtual Account 
    - Enter the BCA Virtual Account number given to you through your email / notification and then choose Benar
    - To confirm your transaction choose Ya, or enter the amount of funding for the loan you have chosen and then choose Benar
    - Choose Ya to re-confirm your transaction and to proceed with the payment
    - Finish the remaining process until the transaction is complete

    Transfer using Klik BCA 
    - Choose Transfer menu
    - Choose BCA Virtual Account 
    - Enter the BCA Virtual Account number given to you through your email / notification, or choose from your transfer list in Daftar Transfer 
    - On the Konfirmasi Transaksi’s page, enter the amount of funding for the loan you have chosen and enter your message, or type your message
    - Finish the remaining process until the transaction is complete

    Transfer using m-BCA 
    - Choose m-Transfer
    - Choose Transfer and then BCA Virtual Account
    - Choose your source account 
    - Enter the BCA Virtual Account given to you through your email / notification, and then click OK
    - Click Kirim to confirm the BCA Virtual Account number and the dan source account
    - Click OK to confirm the payment
    - Enter the amount of funding for the loan you have chosen and your message, or type your message

    Transfer using Form Setoran BCA 
    - At the Nomor Rekening Customer column, enter the BCA Virtual Account given to you through your email / notification
    - Write the source of fund’s name in the Pemilik Rekening column
    - Write the source of fund’s name, address and phone number
    - If the depositor is BCA’s customer, mark the Nasabah box and write the depositor’s account number
    - If the depositor is not a BCA’s customer, mark the Non Nasabah box and write the depositor’s ID number
    - On the Amount field, write the amount of funding for the loan you have chosen

  • How do I finance the loan that I have choose from Bank Mandiri?

    Transfer using Mandiri ATM
    - On the Main Menu, choose Payment / Purchase
    - Choose Multi Payment (or choose Others and then Multi Payment)
    - Enter the company’s / institution’s code : 88464
    - Enter the Mandiri Virtual Account number given to you through your email / notification
    - Enter the amount of funding for the loan you have chosen
    - Choose Confirm after Confirm Transaction 1 appears on screen
    - Choose Confirm after Confirm Transaction 2 appears on screen
    - Finish the remaining process until the transaction is complete

    Transfer using Internet Banking Mandiri
    - Login to your Mandiri Internet Banking account, then choose Payment / Purchase menu
    - Choose PT SINAR DIGITAL TERDEPAN as the Service Provider
    - Enter the amount of funding for the loan you have chosen
    - To confirm, enter your PIN number
    - Finish the remaining process until the transaction is complete

    Transfer using Internet Banking Mandiri
    - Mark the Transfer box
    - On the Applicant column, mark the Resident / Non Resident box
    - Write the Funder’s name at the Name field
    - On the Beneficiary column, write PT SINAR DIGITAL TERDEPAN (88464) on the Name field
    - At the Account Number field, write the Mandiri Virtual Account number given to you through your email / notification 
    - At the Bank field, write Bank Mandiri
    - On the Source Of Fund column, mark the Cash box
    - On the Amount field, write the amount of funding for the loan you have chosen

  • How do I finance the loan that I have choose from other bank?

    Follow these steps to finance loans that you have choose from other bank that are within the online banking network:
    - Choose the “Other Transaction” Menu 
    - Choose the "Transfer" Menu
    - Choose "To Other Bank Account"
    - Enter Bank Mandiri’s bank code (008) + PT Sinar Digital Terdepan’s company code (88464) 
    - Enter the Virtual Account number given to you through your email / notification 
    - Enter the amount of funding for the loan you have chosen
    - Choose “YES” after you were asked to confirm your name and the amount of transaction, and your transaction is done

    Please notice that transaction from banks within the online banking network will be charged with transaction fee in accordance with each company regulation. One virtual account only valid for one-time funding.

    Transfer using Internet Banking from other bank
    For funding using internet banking from other bank that are within the online banking network, enter Bank Mandiri’s bank code (008) + PT Sinar Digital Terdepan’s company code (88464), and then enter the Virtual Account number given to you through your email / notification as the destination account.

    Please notice that transaction from banks within the online banking network will be charged with transaction fee in accordance with each company regulation. One virtual account only valid for one-time funding.

  • Who collects the loan repayments?

    The Lending Partner is responsible for collecting and servicing your loan. Even though your money is now financing the loan, the Lending Partner will treat the loan as carefully as if it their own loan. In fact, the staff at the Lending Partner do not know which loan is ‘theirs’ or ‘yours’.

  • How is money for the loans collected from the borrower?

    Our lending partners are good at collecting loans and maintaining a good relationship with your borrowers. We seek Lending Partners with historically low NPLs (non-performing loans). These Lending Partners do the collections for you. In return they are paid a portion of the collected interest fees paid.

  • How is my deposit transferred to the borrower?

    When you select a loan that you want to lend your money to, you are actually buying the loan. This is as you would buy a product in an ecommerce website. The money you transfer to us to ‘purchase’ the loan is then transferred to the Lending Institution.

    If you are one of many funders financing one loan, then your portion of the funds is transferred to a ‘custodian’ account until the full amount for the loan is collected. When all the funds for the single loan are collected, Mekar will issue an instruction to transfer the funds to the Lending Partner.

  • Where do I find how much money I have lent and earned?

    Every Funder has an account with a dashboard.

    On the dashboard you can see the total amounts that you have lent and earned. You can click further to then see the balance of your funds per loan if you want to.

    Go here to see your dashboard: mekar.id/dashboard

  • Is my money kept by Mekar?

    No, your fund is transferred to the Lending Partner. When the borrower repays an installment on a loan, then the Lending partner will pay this to you, Mekar never holds any of your funds. Mekar ensures that the transactions happen correctly and updates you on the status of your loan and account balance.

  • Where do I register?

    Funders can register here https://mekar.id/accounts/login/

  • Can I withdraw my money at any time?

    There is never any ‘surplus’ balance on your account, because Mekar ensures that all loan repayments are repaid to you instantly. So no there is no money to withdraw. At the moment you cannot sell your loan and get your money back earlier that the end of the loan term.

  • Can I sell a loan and get my money back early?

    No at the moment it is not possible to

  • Is my loan guaranteed or insured?

    Lending Partner offers guarantees for the loan principal (the amount that you lend per loan), but offers no guarantees for the interest portion of the loan.

    The guarantees or insurance on the loan portion are different for every Lending Partner, that is why we use a “Rating” per loan. The rating indicates your level of risk and also your returns. The higher the rating (A= high, E = low) the lower the interest rate on the loan.

  • Is the interest rate fixed or variable?

    The interest on your loan is fixed, it will not change with changes in the state interest rate that are announced by the Indonesian Central Bank.

    However, we have an agreed interest rate

  • How much time do I have to transfer my funds for a loan?

    You have 4 hours to transfer your money. We then assume a transfer can take up to 72 hours to fully register with Mekar.

  • How long does it take for my transfer to register with Mekar?

    If you have a bank account with BCA and Mandiri then your transfer is immediate.

    If you have another bank account and you transfer on Monday to Thursday we assume it will take 1 day, if you transfer on Friday it could take till Monday to process. So the maximum transfer time is 72 hours.

  • How much money can I lose?

    You can lose 30% of your loan amount and 100% of your interest if the loan has a D & E rating. Please read how you can reduce your lending risk.

  • What can I do to reduce my lending risk?

    We recommend 3 things:
    - Never lend more than 10% of your savings;
    - Always invest in at least 3 loans or more, so that you minimize your losses if 1 loan does not work out well. 
    - Select loans with an A + B rating if you want to minimize risk. If you know what you are doing and can afford to risk your money for a higher return, then you can also lend to loans with a C, D, E rating.

  • Can foreigners lend to Mekar businesses?

    All you need is a Rupiah bank account in Indonesia to lend through Mekar, your citizenship does not matter.

  • Where do I find my Mekar Funding Portal Subscription Agreement?

    Every Funder has an account with a dashboard. On the dashboard you can see the Agreement by click setting menu. 

    Go here to see your dashboard.