Terms and Conditions
Supporters Terms of Support
Lending through Growsel involves risk of principal loss. Growsel does not guarantee repayment or offer a financial return on your loan. All farm supports and peer-to-peer crowd-funding to smallholder farmers are not deposits and shall not be deemed to be deposits held by Growsel Microfunds Inc as stipulated in the Banking Regulations.
Growsel uses “social underwriting” to determine smallholder farmers’ creditworthiness and potentials, as such, supporter only receive repayment when the amount supported has been fully recovered by the farmer at end of the farming season. Insurance does not cover poor yield and/or market fluctuations.
- Supporter is entitled to receive progress report of farming activities and general updates through the Growsel reporting system exclusively when he/she logins in.
- Supporter can request to carryout a physical farm inspection from time to time and shall be bear all cost involve.
- Supporter ONLY gets full CAPITAL when the agricultural chain is completed, starting from farming and harvest to selling to off-taker partners.
- Supporter can ask for his or her funds at anytime, but will forgo a certain percentage determine by the period of supporting the farm and stage of cultivation. Request during cultivation is not available for supporter.
- At the end of the period of validity of the farm project, the Supporter has the right to decide whether his or her funds will be extended to other farm projects available on Growsel and open for Supporter.
- Supporters’ funds are used to pay the costs related to the lease of land for farming, seedling, fertilizers, chemicals, tractor, direct labour costs, and the cost of supervision and administration in which all of these costs are already included in the fund of investments.
Supporters are fully responsible for the following fees and cost associated to supporting and constitutional taxes applicable.
- 1.9% + 100 Naira processing fee when making local support
- 3.9% + 1 Dollar processing when making support internationally
- Cash out process fee is applicable for more than two cash out request.
We use “social underwriting” over conventional financial underwriting to determine smallholder farmers’ creditworthiness and potentials.
Social Underwriting enables us to test individual farmers’ creditworthiness on the strength of their personal network, farming experience and character, which helps create a more complete picture of a farmer when considered alongside his/her capacity, potentials and financial history.
A community-based form of due diligence is also carried out when a farmer involves their own connections, friends and family in the farm-loan process, it increases their commitment to repaying their loans to Growsel.
Most of our farm-loans are administered by Trustees, who work hard to ensure smallholder farmers are screened, verified, monitor, trained and follow up for repayment. This is means farming inputs and tools are distributed through the Trustees working in the community to smallholder farmers.
The funds are also repaid by smallholder farmers through the Trustees after cultivation, harvest and sales. While working with our Trustees increases the likelihood that your farm-loan will be effectively used and repaid, new institutional risks are introduced. Even if a Growsel smallholder farmer are able to repay, Growsel supporters, could still lose principal due to Trustee issues such as:
Bankruptcy (the Trustee may go out of business and be unable to collect your farm-loan). Fraud (staff members at the Trustee may embezzle funds). Operational difficulties (the Trustee may have some cash-flow or other challenges that could prevent repayment). Before working with a Trustee Growsel performs due diligence on the organization to help assess this risk and get endorsement from top management, community and legal authorities.
Cross Border risk
When supporting internationally it is important to consider global market fluctuations and exchange rates risks particularly since developing countries where Growsel operates mainly are open to all kinds of risk: Economic Situation (a large currency devaluation – or the institution of exchange rates, local currency valuation, market access collections valueless for you).
Political Situation (Growsel farm-loans are mainly supported in developing countries across Africa where policies can change at anytime regarding funds repatriation or even the requirement that borrowers have to repay their farm-loans).
Natural disasters such as a flood, tsunami or drought may greatly reduce the likelihood of farm-loan repayment from certain countries or from specific regions in a country.
Growsel currently targets a country limit of no more than 15% of total farm-loans outstanding to help ensure a balanced portfolio. Individual supporters may want to consider the country and regional balance of their own portfolios as well. In certain instances, the Growsel imposed limit is lifted on a temporary basis particularly in Nigeria where we started operations from.
Growsel official working currency is the United State dollar, many farm-loans are disbursed to smallholder farmers in their local currency, thus adding an additional risk to supporters especially in times when their currency is weak. Please determine if currency exchange loss is possible for a farm-loan. For loans with currency risk possible, lenders bear the risk of loss if the farmer's local currency depreciates against the global currency.
Additionally, if your home currency is not the United State dollar, another layer of currency risk is added because farm-loans made through Growsel must be converted to United State dollar. Therefore, the initial conversion from your home currency to United State dollar will add foreign exchange risk.
Note: foreign exchange risk is not present if your local currency is the United State dollar.
The potential risk that Growsel, like any organization, may not continue its operations indefinitely. To better protect supporters’ funds in this circumstance and others, Growsel holds supporters’ funds separately from its own operational funds. When supporters have available funds in their Growsel Wallets (for example funds that have been repaid, or funds that have been deposited and not yet used to support a farm), these funds are held in bank accounts for the benefit of Growsel supporters. We believe that holding supporters’ funds separately from Growsel’s operational funds helps protect these funds from being subject to any claims of Growsel creditors - other than the Growsel supporters who have funds available in the Growsel wallets.
Farmer Repayment failure
All Growsel farmers are crop and livestock insurance insured. However, insurance does not cover poor yield and market fluctuations. In the event that the farmer’s harvest and sales did not meet the capital funded and do not have enough means to cover the capital due to unavoidable circumstances (low market price, weather effects, natural disaster et. al). Growsel will still provide the farmer with another round of funding for the next farm season to recover the amount lost from the previous farming season. The supporter will only receive the repayment when the amount has been fully recovered by the farmer at end of the second farming season.
Supporters would need to wait for crops to be harvested and sold within the same duration communicated at the initial support first phase.
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By accessing or using the Service you agree to be bound by these terms. If you disagree with any part of the terms, then you may not access the Service.
If you wish to support any farm or project made available through the Service, you may be asked to supply certain information relevant to your Investment including, without limitation, your credit card number, the expiration date of your credit card, your billing address, and your shipping information.
You represent and warrant that: (i) you have the legal right to use any credit card(s) or other payment method(s) in connection with any Investment; and that (ii) the information you supply to us is true, correct and complete.
By submitting such information, you grant us the right to provide the information to third parties for purposes of facilitating the completion of Purchases.
When you create an account with us, you must provide us with information that is accurate, complete, and current at all times. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of the Terms, which may result in immediate termination of your account on our Investment.
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You agree not to disclose your password to any third party. You must notify us immediately upon becoming aware of any breach in security or unauthorized use of your account.
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In no event shall Growsel Microfunds Inc, nor its directors, employees, partners, agents, suppliers, or affiliates, be liable for any indirect, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages, including without limitation, loss of profits, data, use, goodwill, or other intangible losses, resulting from (i) your access to or use of or inability to access or use the Service; (ii) any conduct or content of any third party on the Service; (iii) any content obtained from the Service; and (iv) unauthorized access, use or alteration of your transmissions or content, whether based on warranty, contract, tort (including negligence) or any other legal theory, whether or not we have been informed of the possibility of such damage, and even if a remedy set forth herein is found to have failed of its essential purpose.
Your use of the Service is at your sole risk. The Service is provided on an "AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE" basis. The Service is provided without warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a purpose, non-infringement or course of performance.
Growsel Microfunds Inc, its subsidiaries, affiliates, and its licensors do not warrant that a) the Service will function uninterrupted, secure or available at any particular time or location; b) any errors or defects will be corrected; c) the Service is free of viruses or other harmful components; or d) the results of using the Service will meet your requirements.
These Terms shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of The United State of America, without regard to its conflict of law provisions.
Our failure to enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not be considered a waiver of those rights. If any provision of these Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable by a court, the remaining provisions of these Terms will remain in effect. These Terms constitute the entire agreement between us regarding our Service, and supersede and replace any prior agreements we might have between us regarding the Service.
We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to modify or replace these Terms at any time. If a revision is material, we will try to provide at least 15day notice prior to any new terms taking effect. What constitutes a material change will be determined at our sole discretion.
By continuing to access or use our Service after those revisions become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised terms. If you do not agree to the new terms, please stop using the Service.
If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact us.
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This document was last updated on November 12, 2018.