Lipa Later Group CEO Eric Muli (C), Country Manager, Kenya, Claudine Gakundi (R) and SkyGarden Chief Finance Officer, Wacera Maina (L), confer during a media briefing to announce the acquisition of SkyGarden by Lipa Later Limited. SkyGarden had, in October, announced plans to shut down due to failure to raise funds. Lipa Later has fully acquired SkyGarden in a move to expand their customer base and solidify their presence in the Kenyan market.

Lipa Later Group has acquired SkyGarden in a move that re-energizes our commitment to bridging the gap between the merchant and a customer with more empowerment between parties, merchant and customer, stellar service, stellar tech, and revamped strategies that promise to disrupt the industry. 

This acquisition of SkyGarden by Lipa Later marks an important milestone in the group's goal to offer innovative solutions that meet the needs of businesses and consumers. This move will enable Lipa Later to expand our customer base and solidify our presence in the market. 

The e-commerce industry has exploded in recent years, providing businesses with the opportunity to reach customers quickly, cheaply, and more often. This is the driving force behind the decision to invest in SkyGarden.

Speaking during the on boarding ceremony, Lipa Later CEO Eric Muli reiterated that the acquisition is timely as the fintech continues to build an end-to-end avenue that connects merchants to customers and vice versa.

“Guided by our objective to empower African businesses and consumers to do more by enabling e-commerce, financial inclusion and shopping all on one centralized and fully integrated platform, our plan has always been to venture into e-commerce with unique value propositions for our consumers. SkyGarden has done an incredible job and checks all those boxes. Lipa Later is no stranger to the e-commerce industry, having already established a strong presence in the online payment and finance sectors. This acquisition has greatly accelerated our plans of redefining the shopping experience for consumers,” said Lipa Later CEO Eric Muli.

SkyGarden which has raised north of $6,000,000 prior to this acquisition, will now be fully owned by Lipa Later Group and will continue to operate using its name. 

With the acquisition of SkyGarden, Lipa Later is now in a position to provide a comprehensive e-commerce solution to consumers, and with SkyGarden's established infrastructure and market presence, consumers will be able to purchase items from Sky Garden using any preferred payment method including Lipa Later’s buy now, pay later model which provides for a payment plan that is flexible and affordable through monthly instalments.

“Last month, we saw no other option than to file for insolvency,” Martin Majlund, founder of Sky Garden, reiterated. “Today, I’m happy to see that Sky Garden will live on with new owners and new management. We built a great product over time, and I believe Lipa Later has the potential to take Sky Garden to the next level. Through this acquisition, the vision of Sky Garden will continue to live on while retaining jobs and businesses on our platform.”

This acquisition is a key step forward in Lipa Later’s goal of becoming a leader in the e-commerce space. The acquisition of SkyGarden by Lipa Later presents a great opportunity for both companies to benefit from each other's strengths and further the growth of the e-commerce industry. With the combination of our expertise in financial services and SkyGarden's innovative e-commerce platform, the potential for growth is tremendous, and the impact this could have on the industry could be immense. Expansion plans are in place to see Sky Garden integrated across other Lipa Later countries of operation which include Rwanda, Uganda and Nigeria. 

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