- Credit Sesame launched a new solution to help individuals improve their credit.
- The new offering, Sesame Credit Builder, is a Mastercard debit card designed to make it easier to build positive payment histories.
- Today’s launch comes two years after the company first unveiled its credit builder banking technology.
Financial wellness platform Credit Sesame has introduced a new tool to help individuals improve their credit. The new offering, Sesame Credit Builder, is a Mastercard debit card that leverages everyday spending and recurring services to build positive payment histories.
“The new Sesame Credit Builder Mastercard brings inclusion and breaks down the barriers for everyone and (e)specially people with low or limited credit history to build better credit history,” Credit Sesame founder and CEO Adrian Nazari said. “We are making it easy for more Americans to get credit for the money they spend and the payments they make.”
Sesame Credit Builder arrives nearly two years after Credit Sesame first announced general availability of its credit builder banking technology. Today’s offering works like this: individuals must open a virtual secured account with Community Federal Savings Bank (CFSB), which issues the prepaid debit card. Cardholders then begin building credit by depositing money into their Sesame Cash account and making transactions with their debit card. Card purchases create a balance on the cardholder’s virtual secured account. An equal amount of funds is set aside in the cardholder’s Sesame Cash account, which serves as a security deposit to pay off the balance at the end of the month. This approach ensures that cardholders will always have sufficient funds to pay off their balance, thus helping build a positive payment history.
Credit Sesame does not guarantee that any individual’s credit score will improve. The company notes that other factors, including timely bill payments and low credit card balances, also contribute significantly to credit scores.
Nevertheless, according to Tim Montgomery, SVP, Digital Partnerships, North America, Mastercard, technologies like Credit Sesame’s Credit Builder have a significant role to play. “Credit Sesame aims to democratize financial wellness and empower consumers to take charge of their own financial health,” Montgomery said. “Sesame Credit Builder can do just that and help even more consumers improve their credit.”
Founded in 2010, Credit Sesame made its Finovate debut that same year. In the years since, Credit Sesame has grown into a major, financial wellness platform that has helped millions of consumers improve their credit scores and save money on the cost of credit.
Last fall, the company announced a series of major executive hires. Joining the Mountain View, California-based fintech were Bronwyn Syiek as President, Marcus Beisel as Chief Product Officer, Tim Kamienski as Chief Marketing Officer, and David Bagatelle as Chief Banking Officer.
Credit Sesame has raised more than $171 million in funding. The company includes Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) and Menlo Ventures among its investors.