Terms and Conditions

Last updated: November 17, 2020

These Terms and Conditions apply to and regulate the provision of financial services provided by Carbon Finance & Investments Limited, a financial institution licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) which provides financial services via its flagship mobile app – Carbon™ (hereinafter called “Carbon Finance”) to the Customer herein. These Terms and Conditions constitute Carbon Finance’s offer and sets out the terms governing this Agreement.
Carbon™® is an open-end credit plan offered by Carbon Finance and BY ACCEPTING THIS ONLINE OFFER, A CARBON™ ACCOUNT IS SET UP WITH Carbon FINANCE and you agree that you have read these Terms and Conditions. You authorize Carbon Finance to review your credit report and you understand that this account may be subject to transaction fees and default fees and is governed by the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Carbon™® is an online investments platform that enables you to put away funds you do not want to touch easily. By setting up a PayVest® account, you have chosen to invest a minimum of NGN 100 in an investment account subject to the terms and conditions herein as well as those specified in the term sheet (hereinafter referred to as “PayVest Term Sheet”) which shall be emailed to you upon investment.
By accepting these Terms and Conditions, you have agreed to open a virtual wallet (hereinafter called “Wallet”) wherein all approved loan applications on Carbon™ shall be disbursed. You may also use your Wallet for certain payment services available on Carbon™, or you may use the same for PayVest® wherein you may opt to invest funds subject to the terms thereof.

You will be asked to provide information (such as your date of birth and your Bank Verification Number) when you apply for a Carbon™ loan, as well as your current residential address, and/or any other KYC requirement as may be prescribed by the Central Bank of Nigeria from time to time, for the opening of a PayVest® account. This information shall be used for verification purposes.

In order to ensure that we are able to provide communications to you electronically, you must notify us of any change in your email address and your mobile device number or other text message address by updating your profile on the Carbon™ app.

How to use Carbon account

This is an open-end credit account where you access direct loan or credit facility using Carbon™, while you repay the loan or credit facility on a future date via cash transfer or electronic repayment from your Wallet on the Payment Due Date at a flat interest on the loan of up to 1% daily.

1 . Definitions

In this agreement, the terms: “You”, “your”, “Customer”, “Borrower” shall mean the person who applied for this Account and agrees to this Agreement while “We”, “us” and “our” and “Lender” shall mean Carbon Finance, and following an assignment, any person, company or bank to whom the rights and/or obligations of Carbon Finance have been assigned. “Account” means the Customer’s account with Carbon Finance “Disbursement Date” means the date Carbon Finance advanced the loan to the Customer’s Wallet “Payment Due Date” means a maximum of 30 days after the loan has been disbursed “Credit Limit” means the maximum credit available to the Borrower on opening a Wallet account with Carbon Finance “Loan” means the amount advanced to the Borrower by Carbon Finance, which shall be no less than N1,000.00 (One Thousand Naira only)

2 . Conditions for use of the Wallet

To use the Wallet –

You must: (a) accept and agree to these Terms and Conditions; (b) register with us on the Carbon™ app; (c) be a Nigerian citizen (or a legal Nigerian resident) of at least 18 years of age; (d) have a bank account with a Nigerian financial institution; and (e) provide all information as may be requested by us, such as your name, email address, mobile device number, online credentials for your bank account, and such other information as we may request from time to time (collectively, “Customer Information”).
You represent and warrant that all Customer Information you provide us from time to time is truthful, accurate, current, and complete, and you agree not to misrepresent your identity or your Customer Information.
You agree to promptly notify us of changes to your Customer Information by updating your profile on the Carbon™ app and to notify us at least five business days before any changes to your bank account information, including, but not limited to, the closure of your bank account for any reason. If we approve your registration, you will be authorized to use the Wallet, subject to these terms – For our compliance purposes and to provide the Wallet services to you, you hereby authorize us to, directly or through a third-party, obtain, verify, and record information and documentation that helps us verify your identity and bank account information. When you register for the Wallet and from time to time thereafter, we may require you to provide and/or confirm information and documentation that will allow us to identify you, such as:
A copy of your government-issued photo ID, such as a national ID, international passport, permanent voter’s card or driver’s license; A copy of a utility bill, bank statement, affidavit, or another bill, dated within three months of our request, with your name and Nigerian street address on it; and Such other information and documentation that we may require from time to time. By using the Wallet and providing Customer Information to us, you automatically authorize us to obtain, directly or indirectly through our third-party service providers and without any time limit or the requirement to pay any fees, information about you and your bank account from the financial institution holding your bank account and other third-party websites and databases as necessary to provide the Wallet to you. For purposes of such authorization, you hereby grant Carbon Finance and our third-party service providers a limited power of attorney, and you hereby appoint Carbon Finance and our third-party service providers as your true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution and re-substitution, for you and in your name, place, and stead, in any capacities, to access third-party websites, servers, and documents; retrieve information; and use your Customer Information, all as described above, with the full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in connection with such activities, as fully to all intents and purposes as you might or could do in person.
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT WHEN CARBON FINANCE OR OUR THIRD-PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS ACCESS AND RETRIEVE INFORMATION FROM SUCH THIRD-PARTY WEBSITES, CARBON FINANCE AND OUR THIRD-PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS ARE ACTING AS YOUR AGENT, AND NOT THE AGENT OF, OR ON BEHALF OF THE THIRD PARTY.
You agree that other third parties shall be entitled to rely on the foregoing authorization, agency, and power of attorney granted by you. We make no effort to review information obtained from the financial institution holding your bank account and other third-party websites and databases for any purpose, including, but not limited to, accuracy, legality, or non-infringement. As between Carbon Finance and our third-party service providers, Carbon Finance owns your confidential Customer Information.

3 . Conditions for use of the PayVest Account

To use the investment account –You must:

(a) accept and agree to these Terms and Conditions;
(b) register with us on the Carbon™ app;
(c) be a Nigerian citizen (or a legal Nigerian resident) of at least 18 years of age;
(d) have a bank account with a Nigerian financial institution; and
(e) provide all information as may be requested by us, such as your name, occupation, email address, mobile device number, online credentials for your bank account, and such other information as we may request from time to time (collectively, “Customer Information”).

You represent and warrant that all Customer Information you provide us from time to time is truthful, accurate, current, and complete, and you agree not to misrepresent your identity or your Customer Information.
You agree to promptly notify us of changes to your Customer Information by updating your profile on the Carbon™ app and to notify us at least five business days before any changes to your bank account information, including, but not limited to, the closure of your bank account for any reason. If we approve your registration, you will be authorized to use the PayVest® account, subject to these terms – For our compliance purposes and to provide the PayVest® services to you, you hereby authorize us to, directly or through a third-party, obtain, verify, and record information and documentation that helps us verify your identity and bank account information. When you register for PayVest® and from time to time thereafter, we may require you to provide and/or confirm information and documentation that will allow us to identify you, such as: A copy of your government-issued photo ID, such as a national ID, international passport, permanent voter’s card or driver’s license; A copy of a utility bill, bank statement, affidavit, or other bills, dated within three months of our request, with your name and Nigerian street address on it; Such other information and documentation that we may require from time to time. Each time you invest, Carbon Finance shall send a PayVest Term Sheet to your designated email address showing details of the investment made as well as the applicable terms thereof. You can increase existing investments which may change the terms of your initial investment. In the event you choose to increase your initial investment, an updated term sheet will be provided to you. You authorize Carbon Finance to manage your investment funds, either directly, via its authorized subsidiaries or third party licensed wealth management partners. You consent to have any matured investments automatically rolled over into a new investment if a liquidation event is not initiated by you within 72 hours of an investment maturing. You confirm that you understand and agree that, in the event of an early redemption before maturity, you may be charged a liquidation fee on the amount being redeemed. You may be provided with a customized loan offer, based on any active investments you have on Carbon. If you accept such customized loan offer, and if same is in arrears on the maturity or early redemption date of the specific investment which formed the basis of the loan offer, you agree and authorize Carbon Finance to take a portion of the investment and use same to offset the outstanding loan. Where the investment amount on the maturity or early redemption date is equal to the outstanding loan amount, you agree and authorize  Carbon Finance to use the entire investment amount to offset the outstanding loan. You authorize Carbon Finance to debit any of your available payment method(s) on Carbon on scheduled investment dates on any recurring/periodic investment plans you set up. You may be provided with investment recommendations, where Carbon Finance suggests investments deemed suitable to your profile. You agree that Carbon Finance will not be liable for any loss or damages you suffer as a result of your accepting such investment recommendations. You confirm that you understand and agree that any liquidated investments will be processed by Carbon and paid out into your default receiving an account within 2 working days of receiving the liquidation advice. You acknowledge that Carbon Finance may be required by law, to liquidate your investment before maturity in the event that the Customer information provided is untrue, inaccurate or incomplete; and you hereby agree to be liable for any costs that may be reasonably incurred by the third party in connection with closing your account; In line with your decision to invest your savings, Carbon Finance has the power to whether directly or commingled with the resources of another person, invest, convert from one form to another, buy, sell, re-invest and manage on your behalf any funds which have been indicated for investments. Although Carbon Finance and its third-party investment partners carefully evaluate potential returns based on historic performance and collect information on market performances, Carbon Finance, and its third-party investment partners make no representation regarding the likelihood or probability that any actual or proposed investment will in fact achieve a particular outcome or goal. Past performance is not a guarantee of future success, and in fact, volatility means that returns in any period may be far above or below those of the previous period. Investments may lose value. Carbon Finance and its third-party investment partners are unable to predict or forecast market fluctuations or other uncertainties that may affect the value of any investment. You are urged to use all available resources to educate yourself about investing in general, as well as the investments and the overall composition of your account. Additionally, market conditions and your personal financial circumstances may change – perhaps suddenly or gradually over time. Monitoring and adjusting your account to suit changing circumstances is your responsibility, and it is recommended that you reassess any investing program on a regular basis to ensure that it remains consistent with your current financial resources and investment objective. Carbon Finance and its third-party investment partners will not be liable in any way for any indirect, special, punitive, consequential, or indirect damages (including without limitation lost profits, cost of procuring substitute service or lost opportunity) arising out of or in connection with your decision to invest your savings, whether or not they are made aware of the possibility of such damages.

4 . Customer consent

By ticking the “I agree to the Terms and Conditions”, on the application form, which you hereby adopt as your electronic signature, you consent and agree that:

We can provide materials and other information about your legal rights and duties to you electronically.
We are authorized to share, receive and use data/information collected from your transaction with other affiliated third parties including but not limited to switching companies, mobile network operators, electricity companies, aggregators, credit bureaus, other financial institutions, e-commerce platforms, etc. You consent to our transferring your data to recipients in foreign countries to process such data. You are aware of the risks involved in such transfer to such foreign countries and that such transfer is required for the performance of our contract with you. You hereby expressly consent and authorize Carbon Finance to debit your Wallet and/or authorize us or any of our duly authorized agent or partner to debit your designated salary account, or any other bank account linked to your Bank Verification Number (BVN), for repaying the Loan with applicable interest as and when due. To access payroll-related offers, you have expressly consented and authorized us to verify your salary details with your employer and/or your employer’s appointed salary processors without further recourse to you. Your electronic signature on agreements and documents has the same effect as if you signed them using ink on paper or any other physical means. We can send all important communications, billing statements and demand notes and reminders (collectively referred to as “Disclosures”) to you electronically via our website or to an email address that you provide to us while applying for this loan. We will alert you when the Disclosures are available, by sending you an electronic communication. Our email will tell you how you can view the Disclosures. We will make the Disclosures available to you from the date it first becomes available, or the date we send you the email to alert you that it was available. You will be able to print a copy of the Disclosure or download the information for your records. This consent applies to this transaction, to all future Disclosures on this Account, to all future transactions in which you use the Carbon Payment option with us, at any time, and to other Disclosures that we provide to you by email, unless you have, prior to such transaction, withdrawn your consent by the procedure mentioned below. By consenting, you agree that electronic Disclosures have the same meaning and effect as if we provided paper Disclosures to you as we are required to do so. When we send you an email alerting you that the Disclosures are available electronically and make it available online, that shall have the same meaning and effect as if we provided paper Disclosures to you, whether or not you choose to view the Disclosures, unless you had previously withdrawn your consent to receive Disclosures electronically.

5 . Transaction fee

The Transaction Fee for the use of the Carbon Account shall be up to one percent (1%) daily, fixed for the term of this loan. The transaction fee does not preclude the Lender from charging default fees, a penalty fee and in the event of any dispute arising from these Terms and Conditions – the cost of Litigation/Solicitors’ fees.
The Transaction fee may be increased or decreased from time to time by the Lender. Such change in Transaction fee will take effect on the Borrower’s account following a minimum of fifteen (15) days written notice.
A total transaction fee of the term of the loan shall remain applicable in the event of the Borrower liquidating the loan before expiration.

6. Borrower’s obligations:

To pay to us, the loan sum, including any convenience, default or penalty fees, flat interest rate, and other amounts due to the Lender charged to this Account. Borrower promises to pay these amounts as agreed in this Agreement on or before the Payment Due Date. The Lender reserves the right to presume that the Borrower has authorized any loan application made in the name of the Borrower using this Account. The Borrower will be deemed responsible for any unauthorized application using this Account unless the Borrower notifies the Lender, in writing, of imminent fraud by another person on the Borrower’s account within 24 hours of such fraud. To repay the loan given to you and/or to someone you authorized to use this Account via direct cash transfer to a bank account listed by the Lender, an electronic debit from the card/account you provided on the due date, or through an acceptable electronic channel. The Lender reserves the right to accept early repayment before the Payment Due Date, provided the Borrower has given adequate notice and repays the full loan along with the flat interest rate. Loan repayment via electronic debit card may be affected by the Lender in the way and manner hereinafter specified – The Lender shall charge a one-time processing fee the first time a Customer sets up a new debit card on the Account. In the event the card is expired or about to expire, you will have to obtain a renewed card from your bank or provide us with another personal debit card.
The Lender shall deduct from the card setup on the repayment due date. We will never make any transactions on the card outside of the scheduled loan repayments. In the event of a double repayment initiated in error by you, we will on a best effort basis process a refund within a reasonable time. You hereby indemnify us against any losses, liabilities or damages that may arise if you use a third party’s card on your Account without the consent of such third party.
In the event of a default or insufficiency of funds in your bank account, you hereby authorize us to charge any other cards you may have on your Account or profile other than the primary card listed. You understand and agree that we do not store card details on our platform thus card details shall be processed through a secure payment gateway that is PCI DSS compliant. To give The Lender authentic and up-to-date personal, social media, phone and financial records about you that we may reasonably request and analyze, from time to time. To pay all costs of collection if we take any action to collect this Account or take any action in a bankruptcy proceeding filed by or against you. This shall include unless prohibited by applicable law, reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred while collection lasts.
Not to give us false information or signatures, electronic or otherwise, at any time. To pay a Late Fee or penalty fee as may be provided in these terms and conditions. To make all payments via direct debit on cards or by electronic funds transfer as stated in the application form. To promptly notify us if you change your name, mailing address, e-mail address or telephone number. To honor any other promises that you make in this Agreement. That you will not accept this Account unless you are of legal age and have the capacity to enter into a valid contract. Not to use Carbon for any act of illegality or criminality and Carbon Finance shall not be legally or criminally culpable for any illegality committed by you. To fill out the application form (as provided) with accurate information and details as required.

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