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1. What is i-LEND?
i-LEND is a Social /P2P Lending marketplace on the internet. It brings people who need money and people who have money to lend together and enables a loan between them.
2. Is i-LEND a financial institution?
No, i-LEND is not a financial institution. It is a marketplace that brings together borrowers and lenders to enable a transaction between them on their terms. Individual borrowers get loan from individual lenders.
3. Is i-LEND regulated?
i-LEND is like ebay for money or like a facebook for lending and borrowing. It is a marketplace on the internet. Since i-LEND doesn't borrow or lend money, it does not come under the purview of RBI. i-LEND provides a service to people.
4. How does i-LEND work?
People who need money for personal need register as borrowers with i-LEND and fill in the registration form. All the information provided must be accurate and up-to-date. Once you register, you will receive a phone call confirming your interest and our credit verification team is alerted.
After your information is verified, you can then fill in your other details. Please ensure that you build your profile sufficiently strong so that lenders offer you a loan. Additional information such as your family background, financial status and employment details will help attract lenders to your listing.
You can request loans from Rs. 25,000 - Rs. 5,00,000 but to a large extent, your loan request has to be backed by your ability to repay. This is determined by i-LEND's credit team. Once your loan listing is active you can see lenders bidding to give you a loan for the full amount or a part amount of the loan you requested. Wait till your loan amount is fully funded and agree to the terms or request better terms. Similarly, lenders can place offers on the listing page indicating the amount they want to lend and the minimum returns expected.
Both lenders and borrowers can search listings and send requests to specific individuals based on information provided. The listing is closed once the borrower has received funding and has accepted the loan amount. The loan transaction is closed when the borrower receives the money in his account. Documentation and related transactions for borrowers and lenders is handled by i-LEND.
5. What is required to join i-LEND?
To join i-LEND, individuals must meet the following criteria:
Minimum Age: 21 Years
Nationality: Indian with Indian Citizenship Status
Users should have a valid Savings Bank Account
6. Why are loans on i-LEND.in cheaper?
i-LEND.in business model works on a peer-to-peer concept. We let lenders and borrowers agree on terms of the transaction. This means, the interest rates are determined by the borrowers and lenders and not i-LEND. i-LEND only charges a fixed transaction fee. Unlike banks, we do not make any money over the difference, in lending or borrowing rates. What's more, i-LEND brings down operation costs by using the internet as a platform to connect with lenders and borrowers. All transactions are done online and hence we do not have high capital expenditure such as people, cost at various locations and the infrastructure costs associated with this. This lowers our operation costs by a significant value which we pass on to our customers.
7. How much does all of this cost?
i-LEND charges minimal fee for the services it offers. Borrowers are charged a one time registration fee of Rs. 500. On loan closure, 3% of the loan amount is charged as processing fee to the borrower while lenders pay 1% of the lending amount, whichever is higher.
8. Do you share my personal information with other parties?
No information about borrowers or lenders is shared with any third parties. Information is shared only for purposes of transactions with the borrowers and lenders. Only necessary information such as loan requirements, purpose, employment status and details, educational background etc. is shared on the site between the borrowers and lenders for making informed decisions. No contact details such as e-mail id, phone numbers are shared between borrowers and lenders.
9. What happens if i-LEND closes?
In the event of i-LEND closing, all loans that have originated through i-LEND still hold good. This is because; the agreements are still legal and are signed directly between the borrowers and lenders. Our backend team will continue to collect the money from the borrowers and give it to the lenders. Legal action is possible against borrower defaults.
10. From where does i-LEND operate? Can borrowers or lenders be from anywhere in India to borrow or lend?
i-LEND is headquartered in Hyderabad, India. We are currently operational in Hyderabad and will shortly start operations in other cities. We plan to go national soon, with our presence in top 20 cities in India. Lenders can be from anywhere in India (top cities) while borrowers must be from Hyderabad, at this point of time.
1. How does the borrowing process work?
When you as a borrower are successfully registered, your loan listing page appears on the borrower listing page. Lenders can then see your listing and make offers to you depending on their lending criteria. All lender offers can be seen in the borrowers' listing page. A borrower may receive offers from many lenders.
Similarly, borrowers can reach out to particular lenders to request loans from them. A lender may either accept this or reject. This information can be viewed by the borrower under borrower's "My Account--> My Loan Listing" section.
Borrowers can choose mulitple offers that are most suited to thier requirement. Borrower can accept loan by selecting mutliple offers, the sum of which is equal to or less than the loan amount requested by the borrower. The final interest rate of the borrower is determined by the weighted average of the offers selected.
Once a borrower accepts the loan amount, the listing is closed for further offers. i-LEND then, collects all necessary documents, executes the required agreements and collects cheques from lenders and deposits in the borrower accounts.
2. What is the maximum loan amount I can borrow?
Borrowers can request loans from Rs.25,000 - Rs.5,00,000. Loan amount must be in multiples of 5,000 only. However, the amount you are eligible for is determined by i-LEND's credit team.
3. Can I get my loan from more than one lender?
Yes, in fact it is most likely that you will receive offers for your loan from multiple lenders. Infact, as a part of risk diversification process, lenders are allowed to lend a maximum of 30% of your loan amount. This means that when you send loan requests to lenders, you can send a request for a maximum of 30% of your loan amount.
4. In how much time will my loan request be approved and funded?
Getting loan on i-LEND depends on the borrower's loan listing. A loan listing is like an application where borrowers share information about themselves and their loan requirement. Lenders see this information before deciding to lend to borrowers. Hence, it is essential that borrowers fill their loan listing page completely and give as much details as possible to get loans quickly.
5. What happens if I have received the loan amount but have not accepted the loan for closure?
If you have received 100% of your loan amount and have not accepted it within 3 working days, you will lose the loan. Since lenders spend considerable amount of time understanding borrowers and the amount they would like to lend, it is unfair if borrowers do not close their loan. In such case, i-LEND excludes such borrowers from any future transactions with them.
6. Can my loan amount be changed when my listing is active?
No, you cannot change your loan amount once you have filled your loan requirement form as per i-LEND's credit approval terms. You will receive an email from i-LEND on the loan amount approved for your application and the same is updated on your listing.
7. How is my interest rate determined?
Borrower interest rates are determined by the lender market. All registered borrowers are verified for their financial status, employment, residence etc. and only on successful verification, this information is shared with the lenders. To understand the profile of a borrower, i-LEND offers tips to lenders that are a guidance tool for taking informed decisions.
Each individual lender then offers loan to borrowers at the interest rate that he thinks is ideal, for a certain profile of a borrower. The interest rates for each lender may vary. When determining the final interest rate for a borrower, the system takes a weighted average of all offers selected by borrower for his loan. However, the interest rate for lender will be the rate he has offered to the borrower.
8. How is my credit rating arrived at?
i-LEND rates all borrowers into 3 main risk categories - Low Risk, Medium Risk and High Risk. We use multiple parameters to arrive at individual borrower's credit rating. Firstly, all borrowers are rated on their social profile i.e. based on individual's social presence on various sites such as Facebook, Linkedin, gmail, yahoo, hotmail, twitter. To arrive at this score, i-LEND has tied up with a New York Based Social rating company. We beleive that an individual's social preferences determine to a certain extent the attitude of the individual which also reflects his financial discipline. There are multiple research / studies done on such co-relation which can be easily found on the internet.
The other factors that determine individual's credit rating include his financial status, past payment records, work experience and other quantitative factors. i-LEND uses its own algorithm to arrive at a score which then classifies borrowers into different risk profiles.
9. Can I have more than one loan at a time?
No, you cannot have a second loan while you are still paying the first one.
10. How can I make loan payments? Can I pay online?
You can repay your loan by making payments through cheque. Online payment option is currently unavailable.
1. How does the lending process work?
When a lender is successfully registered, his listing page appears on the lender listing page. Lenders can then browse borrower listings and make offers on borrower loans, depending on their lending criteria. Lenders can decide the lending amount and interest rate at which they would like to lend to the borrowers.
Similarly, borrowers can browse lender listing page and send requests for loan which can be seen on your listing page. You can either accept, modify or reject these requests. This information can be viewed by the lenders in thier listing page.
Lenders can make offers only when the borrower listing is active, i.e. when the borrower has been approved successfully until he has accepted his loan. Once a borrower accepts the loan amount during his active listing period, the listing is closed for further offers. i-LEND then collects all necessary documents, executes the required agreements, collects cheques from lenders and deposit in the borrower accounts.
2. Can I lend to more than one borrower?
Yes. In fact we recommend that you lend to many borrowers as this will spread your risk.
3. Is there a limitation on the maximum number of borrowers I can lend to?
No, there is no limitation on the number of borrowers you can lend to. However, the minimum amount you need to lend to a borrower is Rs.10,000.
4. When is a loan transaction complete?
A loan transaction is complete only after a borrower has received and accepted the loan offers that are less than or equal to his loan amount. His listing then shows a status "Pending" and the status of this loan can be seen in "% Funded".
5. When does the money go out of my account?
Once a loan transaction is closed by the borrower, the money is collected from the lender within 3-5 working days.
6. How does the money go out of my bank account?
Once a loan transaction is complete, i-LEND collects a cheque of the amount as agreed with the borrower from you and this is transferred to the borrowers account within 7-10 working days.
7. Can I change or cancel an already committed borrower loan listing?
Yes, you can change your committment on a particular borrower loan listing. If you wish to withdraw your offer, you can do so by going to the particular offer and click on "Withdraw Offer". However, you must do this before the borrower accepts the loan.
8. I have a few questions for a borrower. Can I get in touch with him?
No, i-LEND currently does not allow lenders and borrowers to interact.
9. Can I see borrower documents?
Yes, i-LEND allows lenders to view borrower documents by paying the Document viewing fees of Rs.300. This fee is valid for a period of 6 months. Lenders can view any number of borrower documents.
10. When do you collect the transaction fee?
Every time one of your borrower accepts loan online, i-LEND will collect the lending amount plus the processing fees on that amount from you at the time of executing the loan agreement. This money is collected from you through a cheque in favour of Dipamkara Web Ventures Pvt. Ltd.
1. What is a Listing?
A listing is a borrower's / lender's public profile page that can be viewed by all registered users on i-LEND.
2. What is the difference between borrower listing & lender listing?
The purpose of both the listings is same i.e. a public profile of the individual. While a borrower listing page helps individual borrowers to clearly tell lenders their requirement, the lender listing page is for borrowers to view and contact only those whose lending criteria match the borrower’s loan requirements.
3. What is the difference between a loan and a listing?
A listing is a borrower's personal page requesting for a loan on i-LEND. A loan on the other hand is the confirmation that i-LEND lenders have agreed to lend their money to a particular borrower.
4. I am a borrower. Can everyone on i-LEND see my complete listing page?
No, not everyone can see all information on your listing page. We filter the content on your listing page and only relevant information is available for view by different users. For instance, registered lenders can see all information on your listing page while registered borrowers can see all information except financial status, question & answers. However, unregistered users can see only your loan requirement details and loan offers. They cannot see your financial status, your employment details or any other information.
5. How long is a borrower listing open?
A borrower listing is open till he receives his loan amount on i-LEND. However, if a borrower is not receiving loan offers for long time, it could be that the borrower listing is not very informative or attractive to the lenders.
6. Can I cancel my listing?
Yes, you can cancel your listing before it has received 100% funding by clicking on "Withdraw Loan" on your listing page.
7. I am a lender. Can everyone see my complete listing page?
As a lender, your complete listing page is available for all registered users on i-LEND.
8. What happens if my lending amount is over and I want to lend more?
In such case, you can add more money into your account by clicking "Add Funds" in "My Lendings" once you login to your account.
9. Can I cancel my listing?
Yes, you can cancel your listing. However, to do so, you must withdraw all offers made to borrowers. Cancelling a listing means you are not interested in giving a loan through i-LEND. To cancel your listing, please send an email to support@i-LEND.in and your account will then be deactivated in 30 days.
10. Can I update an offer made to a borrower?
Yes, as a lender you can update your offer to a borrower listing. You can change the lending amount as well as interest rate. Once you have updated an offer, the existing offer is nullified. You can do this by going to the offer made and clicking on "Update Offer".
1. What are i-LEND groups?
i-LEND groups are informal groups that are formed by the borrowers or lenders to help the members get loans through i-LEND. The member association can be social, professional, cultural, common ideas & interests, geographical etc.
2. Who can become a member of a group?
Any registered borrower or lender can join a group.
3. How can I join a group?
All borrowers or lenders can join a group by clicking on Group-Lend -> browse Groups -> Choose a group --> Read about the group on its page and click on "Join Group"
4. Who can form a group?
Any registered borrower or lender on i-LEND can form a group.
5. What is the maximum and minimum number of members in a group?
A group does not have a minimum or maximum number of members. However, it is essential that the group must be active so that lenders lend to the borrower members of this group.
6. Who can become a Group Leader (GL)?
Anyone who starts or creates a new group becomes the group leader automatically.
7. What are the roles & responsibilities of a Group Leader?
A group leader is responsible for the following:
Create the group page
Maintain the group page up-to-date
Accepting new members into the group
Decide on the pre-requisites to join the group
Ensure that all new members meet the criteria to join a group.
8. What does a group page include?
A group page is an information page that gives details on the purpose of the group, group members, loans offered to members of the group, list of lenders who have offered loans to members of this group etc.
: Your group is identified on the website by the name you select for it. Your group name appears as title on your group page. Select a name that will help borrowers & lenders find your group during a search. For Example: if you are a set of borrowers who are all from same college, ensure that you mention that in your group name.
: You can also have a unique logo for your group with which it will be identified.
: This gives a summary of the group and its purpose. This appears along with the group logo and name on your group page.
: This gives more information on your group. Ensure that you mention purpose of the group, why was it started, who can join the group, location, how do members know each other, how often do they meet each other (online / offline), and why should lenders lend to your group members.
: The group membership is currently only by invitation. This is decided by the group leader while forming the group. The membership needs approval from the group leader or an invitation by the group leader.
: This shows all the active listings of the group members.
Group Loans & Performance
: This sections gives statistics on the overall group performance i.e. loans taken, average interest rate, default rates etc.
9. How can I form a new group?
Registered borrowers or lenders can form a new group by following the below steps:
Go to Home Page -> Group-Lend -> Create Group
10. What is the maximum number of groups I can join?
There is no restriction on number of groups a borrower or lender can join.
11. How can I exit my group?
Borrowers can leave their group by following these steps: Go to My Account -> My Groups -> Select the Group you want to exit -> click "Leave Group". Please note that members whose listings are active or have active loans cannot leave their groups
12. I am a group leader. Can I nominate someone else to become a Group Leader?
Yes, if the existing group leader wants to step down, he / she can do so by nominating another member of the group to be the group leader. Upon acceptance of the Group leader status by the member, the existing group leader can step down.
1. How do I register my Bank details/Why is the status on Bank details is shown as pending?
In registration process we ask your bank details(salary account) to be used in all cases to transactions. Not transferred Rs.1/- as required for e-KYC.
2. Why should a Borrower or Lender transfer Rs.1/- to i-LEND’s current account?
It is necessary to verify the bank account of the member hence transfer is mandatory. If the transfer goes through successfully, it means that the information, is verified.
3. How do I transfer Rs. 1/- to current account of i-LEND.in?
The member has to login into his bank account and transfer Rs. 1/- to i-LEND’s current account. In i-LEND's dashboard you can find "Account verification status" if it is pending you have to transfer Rs.1/-. Once transferred it takes one working day to update your payment status.
4. Can I transfer Rs. 1/- from a different bank account to the one registered with i-LEND?
No. It has to be from the same registered bank account as is registered with i-LEND.in.
5. What narration should I put while transferring Rs. 1/- to i-LEND’s current account?
The narration should be the one shown in the i-LEND’s verify your bank account details page.
6. How do I check, if my bank account is verified?
The user can log on to his account and check his dashboard. If the status is Success against Bank account details verification, then it is verified.
7. What happens after I transfer Rs. 1/- to current account of i-LEND?
i-LEND’s bank would verify the bank account of the member and will do e-kyc. Once the same is approved by the i-LEND’s bank, the member would be registered as beneficiary. On registration of beneficiary, the members can only then borrow/lend on i-LEND’s website.
8. When should I transfer the money to the Borrowers Account?
Money can be transferred to Borrower’s account, once the Lender is registered as Beneficiary. Once a Lender is registered, he can make offers to the borrower and then transfer the amount to Nodal account.
9. When will the money be transferred to the Borrower?
Money would be transferred to the Borrower account, only after all the conditions pertaining to loan disbursement is complete. These are Agreement signing, NACH mandate form approved, transfer of i-LEND’s fees and receipt of security cheque.