This year, Pepper Money is celebrating its 21st birthday.
Back in 2000, Pepper Money was founded to provide innovative home loan solutions to customers that were underserved by traditional lenders. Our mission was clear from the start: to help people succeed. Pepper applied its own purpose built credit assessment skills and started offering home loans to customers who often did not realise they were eligible for a home loan.
Today we’re a much bigger business, offering car loans, personal loans, loans for professional equipment and commercial loans, as well as mortgages. We operate across Australia and New Zealand, having started lending there in 2019. Our business is ably supported by an amazing team in Manila.
As part of the celebrations, Pepper Money has chosen to plant 21 trees for every employee across Australia, New Zealand and The Philippines. More than seven hectares of native protected forest will be planted across these three countries, and a seedling nursery will be created to address future needs too.
Commenting on the initiative, Pepper Money’s CEO for Australia and New Zealand, Mario Rehayem said, “It’s not every day you turn 21. So, to mark the occasion, we wanted to do something special that addresses an unmet need in our community, and creates a legacy for our people, our customers and our partners.
To achieve its goal, Pepper Money has chosen three organisations to help with the planting – Green Fleet in Australia, Trees that Count in New Zealand, and the Haribon Foundation in the Philippines. By planting the equivalent of seven rugby fields with native trees and seedlings, Pepper Money is contributing to a healthier planet and creating a more successful future for everyone.
“To be able to celebrate 21 years in business is notable. It simply could not have been achieved without the contribution of everyone who has enabled our success. It’s not just our current and past employees who deserve recognition, it also includes the many mortgage brokers, motor dealers and introducers who have entrusted their customers to us over the years. This investment in our future is for each of you – thank you.” concluded Mr Rehayem.