- KCB Kenya has entered a cope with the Kenya Nationwide Chambers of Commerce and Industries (KNCCI) to supply loans to over 50,000 members of the chambers
- The 2 entities entered a three-year strategic partnership, opening a credit score line for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) throughout the nation
- Past the credit score line, members of the KNCCI will even entry non-financial options, together with advisory, networking alternatives and coaching
KCB Kenya has entered a cope with the Kenya Nationwide Chambers of Commerce and Industries (KNCCI) to speed up entry to loans to over 50,000 members, principally small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The 2 entities entered a three-year strategic partnership, opening a credit score line for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) throughout the nation.
The partnership additionally concerned KCB Basis, which can supply monetary capability constructing to KNCCI members throughout the nation.
KCB Chief Industrial Officer Samuel Makome mentioned the partnership would allow the financial institution to catalyse sustainable improvement by facilitating entry to loans to the important SME sector, together with the JuaKali (Casual business).
“We’re assured that the strategic partnership with the Nationwide Chambers of Commerce will handle the monetary and non-financial wants of the SMEs throughout all of the 47 counties, providing important monetary intervention because the nation accelerates financial restoration efforts,” Makome mentioned.
KCB to coach SMEs, supply networking alternatives
Past the credit score line, members of the KNCCI will even entry non-financial options, together with advisory, networking alternatives, coaching, and free account upkeep payment for enterprises with over USD 1,000 of their accounts.
Commenting on the identical, KNCCI President Richard Ngatia mentioned the partnership would allow all of the 47 Kenya Nationwide Chambers of Commerce Chapters to entry reasonably priced credit score circulate to develop their companies.
“Our efforts as KNCCI are centered on the core motion areas for SME assist to facilitate the era of wealth by way of their companies. The partnership with the biggest financial institution in Kenya presents us a possibility to create a sustainable credit score line for our member’s companies progress,” Ngatia mentioned.
KNCCI companions with KDC to present SMEs monetary entry
The partnership comes weeks after KNCCI signed a cooperation settlement with the Kenya Improvement Company (KDC) to supply entry to loans to enterprises.
On November 29, 2022, the 2 companions formalised an settlement to see enterprises entry long-term mortgage services between KSh 10 million and KSh 500 million.
The partnership would see over 3,000 KNCCI members—largely SMEs and huge enterprises—entry financing from KDC at an reasonably priced price, thus enabling these enterprises to handle the credit score shocks and dangers higher as they get better and develop their companies.
KDC Performing Director Normal Christopher Huka mentioned the engagement would catalyse enterprisees to get better from a number of shocks which have hit companies prior to now three years, together with the lasting impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, the conflict in Ukraine and low productiveness in agriculture arising from local weather change.
“We’re excited to work with the Chambers of Commerce on this historic transaction, as we strongly consider that the monetary services supplied by KDC will function a catalyst to the sustainable improvement of commerce and industrial enterprises within the nation by way of the availability of important monetary interventions to SMEs and speed up financial restoration,” Huka mentioned.
Challenges that SMEs in Kenya face
The 2 partnerships come when SMEs in Kenya proceed to face challenges in doing enterprise. A number of knowledge, together with by the African Affiliation of Entrepreneurs, present that challenges range from lack of entry to loans, insufficient managerial coaching, gradual adoption of expertise, and hard laws and legal guidelines.
Because of an absence of entry to credit score, the affiliation notes that many SMEs in Kenya can’t entry low cost loans to scale up their operations. One of many causes is that almost all industrial banks ask for tangible collateral earlier than giving out loans. Since most entrepreneurs haven’t any land titles to make use of, they can’t qualify for the loans.
“Most SMEs within the casual sector don’t use banks and like to do their transactions utilizing money. Which means they don’t construct credit score and haven’t any relationships with banks the place they’ll entry loans each time wants come up,” the affiliation notes.