Improving Credit Risk Management in Tanzania

Creditinfo Tanzania, in cooperation with the Creditinfo Academy, recently delivered a 2 day training course in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania entitled “Improving your Credit Risk Management through the Incorporation of Credit Bureau Solutions.”

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“Queen of the Slum” visits Creditinfo Iceland

Lucy Odipo, better known to most as “Mama Lucy” or the “Queen of the Slum”, is a truly amazing woman. Mrs. Odipo is the initial founder of The Little Bees Children Self Help Group and currently serves as Director. A Kenyan national, Mrs. Odipo has played a vital role in establishing vital projects in Nairobi, such as The Little Bees School a Nursery School & Daycare to provide critical care and support for deprived children.. Through the school and related projects , Mrs.Odipo and her team provide much needed education and help to individuals and families to access medical care and to secure shelter.

Lucy lives amongst the 500,000 inhabitants of the slums of Mathare in Nairobi, Kenya. Most of the people live in tiny, one-room homes made from whatever materials they can find. Conditions are dismal with sewage and trash flowing through the streets along with crime, sickness and death running rampant. There are no government services like water or electricity.Continue Reading..


Players of the Month – Creditinfo Iceland


They recently moved offices without disruption to their services and working day. They have moved to a lower floor in the same building so the address and contact information remains the same.  The recent growth and future development plans  require them to have a larger space, but the key reason for the move was to ensure everyone is together on the same floor, rather than spread over 2 floors as before and also to improve their working environment.


The Senior Management Team Meeting

mgt mtgWe’d like to thank the senior management for most of them travelling a many miles to a small town called Rodgau, just outside Frankfurt, Germany.  The team got together for 2 days of training and discussions for the annual senior management meeting. Each office discussed their successes and challenges from the last 12 months and highlighted a few areas which they will be working on in the coming year.

Training covered Product Development, Sales Coaching, Value Added Products, the Company Values, Lead Generation online & offline and looking in detail at “Strongest In …..”.    Reynir discussed the financials and our goals for the future.  One of our primary goals is 50 countries by 2020.

Sat around the table were 30 individuals who spoke 22 different languages highlighting what a multicultural team we have. Next year, there are likely to be a lot more new faces who will join the current team.

Although the 2 days were quite intense and quite long, especially for those who had flown in that morning or those on long haul flights who flew in the night before, they managed to kick back a little when the whole team played paintball.  Yes, we got to shoot at each other and at Reynir and Almar!

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The Maltese show off their driving skills.

charles vella2 charlene camilleri2Congratulations to Charles Vella, Financial Controller at Creditinfo Malta!

The team recently went go karting as part of a team building exercise.  Initially, they were split into 2 teams boys v. girls to determine the fastest drivers, so they could then be split into 2 teams for the actual race. In the actual race Charles was the fastest of the fastest drivers, along with Charlene Camilleri coming 2nd.  Yes, Charlene gave the guys a whooping leaving them in her tracks of dust!  Charlene was the only girl in the team of the fast drivers.  Although if you saw her sporty car, you’d get an idea why! In the 2nd team of the slightly slower drivers, Emma came out as the winner, revealing some quite aggressive driving skills which even she didn’t know was in her!  Must be the last 3 years of practice on the Maltese roads!

October brings with it a number of days of celebration

Did you know the 4th October is “Improve Your Office day”?

So, why not take some steps to improve your work environment!  Make your desk and surrounding area a more pleasant and enjoyable space.  Tidy up your clutter, do your filing, throw out the rubbish. Even buy some flowers or upgrade your mousemat.

Also on Wednesday 8th October, it is “Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work” day, which should bring a few smiles, and Thursday 9th October is Fire Prevention Day (another good reason to tidy up your desks!). Monday 20th October is Clean Up Your Virtual Desktop day.

More importantly Wednesday 29th October is Internet Day, marking the anniversary of the first usage of the Internet to send a message electronically, way back in 1969. Let’s not draw attention to the fact that the system crashed half way through sending it though! Without the internet, we wouldn’t be in business as we are today.  So let’s celebrate this around the globe together.  Send us some photos so we can see what you did to celebrate for any of these days or any others!


Brynja on the run in Berlin

brynjaCongratulations to Brynja Baldursdottir, Head of Sales and Product Development, Creditinfo Iceland. 

Brynja recently ran the Berlin Marathon finishing in just 4 hours and 3 minutes.   She was so fast that the winner got scared and set a new world record in a marathon.  At a course know for producing fast times, Kenyan runner Dennis Kimetto ran 26.2 miles a full 26 seconds faster than ever before with a time of 2 hours, 2 minutes and 37 seconds.   Way to go, Brynja!


Samantha Martin, Sales Executive, Creditinfo Malta

samanthaSamantha joined the team in Malta in September 2014.  Having previously worked as a Business Development Manager for 3 years with 2 other Maltese data solutions companies.  Prior to data solutions, Samantha has also worked as an Account Manager for a number of years with a media company.  In her spare time she volunteers at the Animal Welfare shelter.  Sam has settled into the team quickly with her friendly and positive outlook. She has already had her first Sales in only a few weeks of starting and getting to know the ropes.  As such, we are sure she will be a great success.


Invited to join IFC in Morocco

reynir in moroccoWe were invited to join IFC in Morocco last week at the 5th Financial Infrastructure and Risk Management Training for MENA and African Regions.  Reynir Grétarsson (CEO Creditingo group Hf) – pictured, Paul Randall (Director of Business Development Creditinfo International GmbH), Dirce Varela (CEO, Creditinfo Cape Verde) and Edwin  Urasa (Business Development Manager, Creditinfo Tanzania) attended the training.

IFC advised the training was very successful;  from a course review of the feedback forms received  it  looks  that on a scale  0-5 over  90% of participants rated the training  4 or 5 (with 5 being the highest).

A number of companies delivered presentations, which will be published in the websites of IFC and Bank  Al-Maghrib mid October. Paul delivered a presentation on VAPS (Value Added Products).

Players of the month: Credit Bureau Expansion Team

Credit Bureau ExpansionWe wanted to acknowledge the efforts of this newly formed team for getting their act together so quickly. In just a few months of being established, they have set up new effective processes and some rather efficient methods of communication in order to be able to put our credit bureau expansion plans into action.

In addition to their extensive knowledge & experience in their fields, is their proactive attitude and sense of accountability.  No one wants to let the team down, so everything smoothly moves along the process chain and they get the job done on time.  Equally, they all have a great sense of humour (some may call it weird!), but it obviously helps them to get on better and boosts them when facing more challenging times.  Oh yes, and let’s not forget, great leadership from Kiddi too!