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Thrive Agric Pays Outstanding Investment Returns To Crowdfunders



Thrive Agric Stayed True To Its Word, Pays All Due Investment Returns To Crowdfunders |

In a world where the Ponzi scheme thrives unabatedly, people are hasty to judge and call out investment companies that delay or outright fail to pay returns to their investors.

Thrive Agric, on the other hand, has gained new trust from investors even after months of turbulence coupled with the COVID-19-induced drought that almost took the company off balance.

Recall that about eight months back, sometime in September 2020, the agrotech platform was heavily accused of withholding investors’ return on investment (ROI).

Then, irate investors accused the platform of operating a Ponzi scheme.

However, in its defence, Thrive Agric reinstated the fact that it has never fallen short of its promises to investors until COVID-19 happened, taking them almost unaware.

A company’s spokesperson told technext during a chat that ” We’ve done Thrive Agric for 3 years and in that time frame, we’ve never had to owe any customer. That’s specifically because business was doing well.”

Also, despite a good start in 2020, with plans to fund at least 250,000 before the end of the year, business took a negative turn and stalled when the company didn’t get paid after selling its largest offtake.

In April, business started to slow down for our partners who produce frozen chicken. This was because supermarkets in Lagos, Abuja and Portharcourt were shut down and they were not getting the same sales volumes as they normally got,” the spokesperson told Technext.

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In an attempt to make right the situation, Thrive Agric sort for new investment to complement what’s on ground and perhaps clear part of the due payment.

However, this further attracted more criticism from enraged customers who went haywire across most social media platforms and calling the company out for attempting to prey on potential investors.

New company restructuring paid off

Amidst the crisis, Thrive Agric appointed Adia Sowho as interim CEO. Then, the former CEO, Uka Eje, acknowledged that Adia who previously served as the company’s COO is vastly experienced in finance, and as such, she’s a more capable hand to help manage the situation.

In addition, the company also hired an experienced hand to lead the team in charge of risk management & Compliance decision, and additional legal representation.

After all, all the changes that were made over the past eight months paid off as the embattled startup took to its Twitter page to announce that it “has successfully completed all payments due to all the crowdfunders on our platform.”

Reacting to its tweet, several investors confirmed the receipt of their ROI, and applauded the platform’s commitment to its promises.

Below are some comments from Twitter feed:

On the other hand, some comments suggest that there are other startups who are also finding it quite uneasy to pay returns on investment;

Oyinloye Bosun is a writer at Techuncode. Although not a gadget freak, he has a keen interest in familiarizing himself with every technology product - software or hardware. He also loves to arm himself with the knowledge of tech activities/events taking place both on the Local and International scenes. The provision of the above has pushed him to choose writing as a profession. Wondering if he has a hubby? Yes! He loves streaming tech-related podcasts in his spare time.

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  1. Covenant Oyetade

    May 8, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    Most Investors and customers these days have a hard time understanding the times and circumstances that affect business growth, especially here in Nigeria. They wanted a return on their investment at the time when it’s due.
    This life, nothing is 100% certain. And we all need to understand that.

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