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Faulu Bank To Lend Ksh 3 Billion To SMEs To Boost Growth

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Faulu Microfinance Bank plans to lend up to Ksh 3 billion to micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs)  agribusiness, chamas and  group customers to help them recover and grow following the Covid-19 economic turmoil. 

This includes a Ksh 500 million trade finance facility the lender has rolled out targeting larger SMEs mostly in construction, trade, agribusiness and import business.  

The move comes as Faulu scales up financial support to its customers mainly micro-traders and business groups totaling 150,000 Faulu customers countrywide.

Faulu Bank Managing Director and CEO, Apollo Njoroge, says the lender is keen on providing support to SMEs given their unique financial needs as they strive to rebuild their business operations. 

“Our goal is to help small businesses who form the bulk of our customer base to recover after having endured a difficult period. SMEs not only need financial support to get back their footing but also financial education and motivation to sustain a growth trajectory,”Apollo Njoroge – Managing Director – Faulu Bank.

He added that small enterprises are currently grappling with acute liquidity shortage thus hampering their ability to rebuild and scale up their operations as economic activity gradually returns to normal.

Mr. Njoroge further explained that SME recovery is critical to Faulu’s strategy of growing revenue from this particular business segment which accounts for the largest chunk of its loan book and clientele.

The bank recognizes that enterprises especially micro and groups not only need funding but financial literacy to make the right decisions regarding their businesses. With this in mind, Faulu will be organizing workshops for its customers to meet seasoned Entrepreneurs and learn how they can keep their business afloat amidst the myriad of challenges they face from time.

Under trade finance, Faulu is offering a variety of products designed to enable small enterprises take advantage of emerging opportunities in local and international trade and commerce.

Such products include Local Purchase Order (LPO) and Local Service Order (LSO) financing, invoice discounting, supply chain financing, tender/bid bonds, performance bonds, advance payment guarantee, retention bond, payment guarantees and customs bonds. 

Learning institutions will also benefit with Faulu providing financing to buy more buses so as to comply with social distancing rules. Also, the Bank will also train its SME customers on how to grow their businesses and strengthen financial risk management.  

Agriculture is the backborne of the Kenya’s economy. The bank working with strategic partners will  offer farmers the much needed support to increase production as the country seeks to achieve food security.

The World Trade Organization estimates that SMEs represent over 90 percent of the business population, 60-70 percent of employment and at least 50 percent of GDP in many countries. In Kenya, SMEs contribute 30 percent of jobs and one-third of GDP, underscoring their pivotal role in both formal and informal sectors of the economy.

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