Gifts of encouragement for workers from GIMO and Vietnam General Confederation of Labor

On May 13th, 2022, Mr. Ngo Duy Hieu – Vice President of Vietnam General Confederation of Labor, President of Vietnam Public Sector Union, and representatives from GIMO visited and handed out gifts to 50 workers in Chuong My and Thanh Oai District, Hanoi.  

Mr. Ngo stressed that Labor Month is the time of the year when all of us show our appreciation towards the labor community and lend a helping hand to those in need.  

He also thanked GIMO for its companionship and added that on-demand pay is instrumental in preventing high-interest payday loans that are preying upon vulnerable workers.  

During the events, GIMO joined the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor in handing out 50 gifts of encouragement to less fortunate employees in Chuong My and Thanh Oai Districts.  

During this year’s Labor Month, GIMO has actively engaged in a plethora of social activities hosted by the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor and other provincial confederations

GIMO joins in with the festivities of Binh Duong’s Labor Month 2022

From 5-8th May 2022, GIMO engages in a series of Labor Month events hosted by Binh Duong’s Federation of Labor and People’s Committee.  

Joining the opening ceremony, GIMO hopes our contribution could encourage exceptional workers and somehow brighten up the lives of unfortunate ones.  

Ms. Loan Nguyen – Madam President of Binh Duong’s Federation of Labor emphasized that Labor Month aims to spread more positivity among provincial workers. The companionship of businesses like GIMO at a wide range of impactful events drives a healthier and more motivated workforce, she also added.  

The four-day workers’ welfare fair is another highlight of the event. As an exhibitor, GIMO has the opportunity to showcase how on-demand pay can contribute to the financial well-being of workers.  

Binh Duong is home to 1.2 million workers and remains one of the country’s most critical industrial hubs. For the past two years, said millions of lives have been majorly disturbed by COVID 19. 

And so, with the active participation of local authorities and businesses, this year’s Labor Month will remain a practical move that empowers workers to contribute even further to Vietnam’s economic recovery and growth. 

GIMO accompanied 142 workers in celebration of Bac Ninh’s 2022 Labor Month

On April 26th, 2022, in Bac Ninh, GIMO joined the Opening Ceremony of the 2022 Labor Month organized by Bac Ninh’s Confederation of Labour and handed out presents for 142 local workers.  

The opening ceremony officially kicks off Bac Ninh’s 2022 Labor Month, which aims at paying tribute to local workers and raising awareness about workplace safety and hygiene. 

Joining the annual event as a sponsor, GIMO is hoping the support could bring some cheers to the lives of underprivileged workers and motivate those with outstanding performance. 

“Today’s gifts are such great encouragement for me and fellow workers, motivating us to work harder”, Ms. Trang Duong, shared her thoughts.  

Ms. Nguyen Thi Van Ha – the Chairwoman of Bac Ninh’s Federation of Labour, noted: “We always place worker benefits at the core of our work. In celebration of the 2022 Labor Month, we are and will be undertaking more practical initiatives to improve workforce wellbeing. We sincerely thank GIMO for accompanying us and local workers in today’s ceremony.” 

Bac Ninh’s Federation of Labour and GIMO handed out gifts for local workers 

The activity signifies GIMO’s strong determination to better the lives of workers by delivering quality and responsible financial services to them. This March, GIMO had formed partnership with Bac Ninh’s Confederation of Labour where the company pledges to support and actively engage in local social activities.

GIMO lands partnership with Bac Ninh’s Federation of Labour to improve worker well-being  

On March 28th, 2022, GIMO strengthened its commitment to serving workers by signing a partnership agreement with Bac Ninh’s Federation of Labour.

The signing ceremony was participated by Ms. Nguyen Thi Van Ha – the Chairwoman of Bac Ninh’s Federation of Labour, and Mr. Nguyen Anh Quan – CEO and Co-Founder of GIMO.

In practical terms, the agreement will allow GIMO to further engage with the Federation in improving the well-being of local workers. The Federation currently manages and represents approximately 330,000 union members workers in Bac Ninh.

“Serving workers has always been one of our top priorities,” said Mr. Nguyen Anh Quan. “Now we have an agreement in place to work closely with the Federation and enrich the lives of local workers.”

Earlier this February, GIMO partnered with the Federation to hand out 200 care packages to workers celebrating Tet away from their hometowns.

Alongside social activities, GIMO is also committed to delivering quality and reliable financial services for workers.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Van Ha commented: “According to a provincial survey, workers in industrial zones usually send two-thirds of their income home. Access to their earned wages, when they need them, would help them address their financial needs.”

The agreement took place a few weeks before Workers’ Month – an annual event initiated by The Vietnam General Confederation of Labour and held in May.

A Tet ride home with GIMO

HANOI, Vietnam – January 29th, 2022

Earlier this morning (29/01), GIMO sponsored 800 snack packs for workers and their families in Bac Giang province as they travel home for Lunar New Year (Tet in Vietnamese).  

The activity is part of the “Accompanying workers on their way home 2022” event initiated by Bac Giang Labor Union of Industrial Parks. Particularly, the Union arranged 17 free buses taking workers from Bac Giang to Ha Giang, Ha Tinh, Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, etc. safe and sound.  

As a sponsor, GIMO carefully selected and handed out nourishing snacks for each passenger, hoping they could all have a restful journey.  

“We appreciate the opportunity to bring a bit of cheer to the workers on their way home. In 2022 and beyond, GIMO will roll out more social projects to contribute to a healthier community,” said Mr. Nguyen Anh Quan – CEO and Co-Founder of GIMO.   

As the Lunar New Year comes close, everyone wishes to be home with their loved ones after a hard-working year. Unfortunately, given the prolonged pandemic, public transportation is far from optimal.  

On the other hand, free buses with strict COVID-19 prevention measures and healthy light meals represent an affordable and safe option for the workers and their families.  

Ms. Nguyen Thi Tram shared her story: “I feel delighted to have received immense support from the Union and GIMO this time of year, especially when the pandemic still carries on. Thank you so much!” 

“This year marks the first collaboration between the Union and GIMO. We look forward to working more closely with GIMO in the future to take better care of Bac Giang’s workers”, Mr. Ngo Duc Thang, the president of Bac Giang’s Union of Industrial Park also added.  

The activity is part of GIMO’s broader initiative to spread some festive cheers this Tet. Earlier this week, GIMO also handed out 200 care packages to Bac Ninh’s workers celebrating Tet away from home.   

GIMO is a leading on-demand pay solution provider in Vietnam that allows employees to gain instant and safe access to their earned wages. Via the solution, the company aspires to help workers with no or limited access to mainstream financial services, alleviate financial stress, and foster financial well-being.   

A Tet in Bac Ninh – Far from home yet close to the heart

HANOI, Vietnam – January 25th, 2022

Accompanied by GIMO, Bac Ninh’s Federation of Labour handed out 200 care packages to workers celebrating Tet away from their hometowns.  

After a hectic year, Tet is the time for family reunion and celebration. However, hundreds of workers in Bac Ninh have chosen to stay put and welcome the year of the Tiger far from home. Amidst the prolonged pandemic, many workers worry that strict preventive measures at home may hinder their journey home and back to work after the holiday.  

To ensure workers have the holiday they deserve, GIMO has partnered with Bac Ninh’s Federation of Labour to prepare 200 care packages, including handpicked Tet necessities.  

Ms. Nguyen Thi Van Ha – The Chairwoman of Bac Ninh’s Federation of Labor, shared her thoughts: “We are currently taking care of nearly 400,000 workers in Bac Ninh, many of which can hardly make ends meet. Tet is quickly approaching, so the Federation and GIMO have prepared some essential gifts, for workers like you to welcome the new year with prosperity”.  

“I am thrilled to have received such care and attention from both the Federation and GIMO. Though I cannot return home this year, the gifts along with loving regards really warm my heart” – Ms. H.V.A was wearing the biggest smile with the care package in hand.  

On the way to becoming every worker’s companion, GIMO wishes to strengthen their financial wellbeing and take care of their daily lives.  

“No matter where the workers are, they deserve a warm and fulfilled Tet. Hopefully, these gifts will add more flavor to their holiday feast. In the years to come, GIMO is committed to many other social activities, helping more workers everywhere,” said Mr. Nguyen Anh Quan – CEO and Co-Founder of GIMO.  

GIMO is a leading on-demand pay solution provider in Vietnam that allows employees to gain instant and safe access to their earned wage. Via the solution, the company aspires to help workers with no or limited access to mainstream financial services, alleviate financial stress, and foster financial well-being.

GIMO backed by Silicon Valley’s Y Combinator

GIMO has been recently made the cut into Y Combinator (YC) – the high-profile Silicon Valley-based startup accelerator with an acceptance rate of only 1.5-2%.  

With an acceptance rate of less than 3%, YC is one of the most renowned launchpads in the world and has backed over 3,000 companies since its inception in 2015. Top YC companies, including Stripe, Airbnb, Dropbox, Coinbase, and Reddit, among others, have a combined valuation of $400 billion as of July 2021. GIMO joins Y Combinator’s Winter 2022 batch and is one of a few Vietnamese companies to make it into the program. The incubator offers the selected startups a US$125,000 financial shot in the arm and an intensive three-month training. The program would give our co-founders – CEO Nguyen Anh Quan and CPO Nguyen Van Ngoc access to perks such as workshops, mentoring programs, and ends with Demo Day, where members present their businesses to specifically selected investors. 

With the growing concern over COVID-19, the batch will be held remotely.  

“The Y Combinator tag is a major validation for GIMO and takes us one step closer to solving some of the most challenging problems facing millions of underbanked workers in Vietnam and SEA. More than funding, it gives us exposure to the best practices for scaling a business in scaling our business and a large network of YC alumni and top-notch investors,” said Nguyen Anh Quan, GIMO’s Co-Founder and CEO.  

Partnering with employers, GIMO provides employees with instant, safe and affordable access to their earned wage any day of the month via a mobile app. The solution thus helps businesses nurture a positive workforce while acting as their supplementary resource for reduced payroll risks.  

The fintech startup currently serves 35,000 workers and is on track to cross a milestone of 180,000 users by the end of 2022.  

The financing event comes only a few weeks after the company closed its oversubscribed Seed+ round at US$1.9 million with Integra Partners, Resolution Ventures, Blauwpark Partners, and TNB Aura VN Scout. 

Fintech startup GIMO bags $1.9M in Seed+ round led by Integra Partners

HANOI, Vietnam – November 23rd, 2021

GIMO, Vietnam’s fintech startup offering on-demand pay for blue-collar workers, announced on Tuesday that it had successfully raised $1.9 million in a Seed+ round led by Singapore’s Integra Partners. The round also saw participation from Resolution Ventures, Blauwpark Partners, and TNB Aura VN Scout.


According to GIMO’s Co-founder and CEO Nguyen Anh Quan, the new investment will help the company improve the financial stability and resilience of blue-collar workers, as well as fast-track financial inclusion in Southeast Asia. 


“Blue-collar workers are among the most vulnerable to financial distress. When unexpected bills arise, they don’t have a lot of safe and affordable options. GIMO looks to change that. By helping workers get paid as they earn it, we hope to give them the peace of mind to focus on what matters”, he said. 

About 290 million people in Southeast Asia have no or limited access to formal financial services, according to the World Bank. 

Chris Kaptein, Partner at Integra Partners, said: “We are proud to partner with Quan, Ngoc, and the entire team at GIMO. We have been impressed with GIMO’s vision to bring Earned Wage Access, and broader financial services and benefits to Vietnam’s blue-collar workers. We share a strong belief that access to affordable and responsible financial services is a key pillar for sustainable growth, and look forward to partnering with GIMO on their journey to serve Vietnam’s blue-collar workers”.


Officially rolled out in early 2021, GIMO allows employees to access their earned salary almost instantly via a mobile app integrated with the company’s payroll system. Users could also keep track of their workdays and daily earnings in real-time, as well as receive personal finance tips.


With the fresh funding, the company plans to allocate more resources for hiring senior engineers, strengthening risk management competencies, and integrating advanced technologies such as data analytics and artificial intelligence to enhance customer experiences. 

To date, GIMO has provided on-demand pay for more than 25,000 workers, mainly in the manufacturing and retail sectors, growing monthly at 130 percent. In the long run, it is set to build a digital financial platform that empowers blue-collar workers to better organize their money, from paychecks to spending, savings, and investments.


Earlier in March, the company just announced an undisclosed amount of seed funding from ThinkZone Ventures, BK Fund, and a group of angel investors.

 

About GIMO 


GIMO is a leading on-demand pay solution provider in Vietnam. By allowing users to get instant and safe access to their earned wages, the company aspires to empower workers having no or limited access to mainstream financial services to alleviate financial stress and foster financial well-being.
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GIMO Partners with Viet Capital Bank to Launch the New Instant Pay Feature

HANOI, Vietnam – October 6, 2021   

GIMO has officially launched the new instant payment feature in partnership with Viet Capital Bank, enabling users to receive their earned wage in just 30 seconds starting from October 6, 2021. 

As one of the pioneers in the Earned Wage Access playing field in Vietnam, GIMO has provided local businesses and workers with a tech-based financial welfare program since 2019. Our solution constantly evolves, optimizing the user experience to the max. As of October 6, transactions can be made instantly with maximum security. 

Leveraging on Viet Capital Bank’s operating system, transactions on GIMO App are now verified and processed automatically. The newly integrated automation meets the highest security standard, reassuring GIMO’s users and business partners on cyber safety. 

“In this day and age, when technology is taking over all business aspects, data security is among top priorities for everyone. Working with Viet Capital Bank, HR personnel information and payroll data is more secured than ever. Our users and partners can now put their worries at ease.” Quan Nguyen, co-founder, and CEO of GIMO, shared his thoughts on the matter. “With this latest upgrade, aside from the enhanced safeguards, our users’ experience is optimized with instant access to their pay at a reasonable rate,” he added. 

Transactions on GIMO App are now processed within 30 seconds after the request is successfully submitted. Our users are now offered multiple options to fit their specific needs at that time of usage. The system integration between GIMO and Viet Capital Bank has successfully occurred, causing no delay or interruptions to GIMO current service offering. The instant pay option is now available to use for all GIMO’s users everywhere, providing instant assistance in times of financial emergency. 

As fellow entrepreneurs in the financial sector, GIMO is glad to have been able to partner up with Viet Capital Bank in upgrading our earned wage access solution. In 2020, Viet Capital Bank was honored to be awarded the title of “Bank with outstanding innovative products and services” by IDG and the Vietnam Association of Banks. Regularly cooperating with Vietnamese SMEs, Viet Capital Bank provides digital financial services, helping to innovate and transform business processes. 

Cong Ha sponsors a new financial welfare program for employees amidst the pandemic

HANOI, Vietnam – August 5th, 2021    

Cong Ha Group announced it would cover 100% of the transaction fees for all employees’ salary advances starting August 25th.  

Having acquired the “National Brand” certification in 2020, Cong Ha Group is one of the leading steel production and construction players in Vietnam. Since May 2021, Cong Ha has partnered with GIMO to launch a new financial welfare program for all employees.  

As Vietnam entered the fourth wave of the pandemic, Cong Ha’s Board of Directors was well aware of the greater financial burden their workforce is bearing and decided to sponsor 100% of the transaction fee for the advance on their employees’ earned wages.  

“We hope the modified earned wage access program by GIMO could support our employees during this challenging time. Even before the adjustment took place, the initiative has been well received and truly improved our employees’ life quality.” – said Mrs. Su Tran – Chief Financial Officer of Cong Ha

The pandemic has obstructed the lives of millions. Low and middle-income workers, especially those working in factories and industrial parks, are struggling the make ends meet. GIMO’s earned wage access platform is deemed a highly innovative solution to relieve those financial stresses.  

Mr. Anh Nguyen, Technical Engineer of Cong Ha, shared his thoughts: “Blue-collar workers like me can only count on getting paid at the end of the month to cover expenses. However, unexpected expenses sometimes incur, and we do not always have the means to take care of them right away. That’s why I think this initiative could help me feel more financially secure and stay more focused at work.” 

“I highly appreciate this initiative from the Board of Directors” – Ms. Tam Nguyen shares her perspective as a team member of the HR department. “Us employees can now proactively get paid whenever we need in times of emergencies especially during this pandemic when personal and family finance is a constant worry for us all. ”  

In the fight against coronavirus, the well-being of employees remains Cong Ha’s top priority. The Board of Directors has accordingly taken a prompt and proper measure to safeguard its workforce’s wellness and sustain business operations.  

 

About Cong Ha   

Cong Ha Group is a major player in the Vietnamese manufacturing and construction domain. The company strives to constantly innovate and develop its capabilities to provide consumers with the most efficient solutions. Cong Ha’s reputation has evolved through time as a result of strategic vision from a group of strong-willed and forward-looking leaders. 

About GIMO  

GIMO is one of the pioneers to provide Earned Wage Access solutions to Vietnamese enterprises and workers. With two-thirds of Vietnam’s working population having no or limited access to the formal lending system, we see an opportunity to make a difference.