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Kingdom Bank grants MSMEs Sh40 million business loans

Kingdom Bank, through the KB Growth Hub, has, in quarter two of 2023, trained a total of 700 MSMEs as it continues to address the challenges faced by small businesses.

The 700 MSMEs have since accessed short and long-term business loans to the tune of Ksh 40 million, which is indicative of the impact of the training.

The bank, which is a subsidiary of the Co-operative Bank of Kenya, has been at the forefront of empowering MSMEs through coaching and training to enhance their performance.

In a recent partnership with Sinapis, a social enterprise that empowers MSMEs through coaching and training, the lender hosted at least 40 local entrepreneurs for a training and business consulting clinic.

The full-day consulting services session saw MSME owners and directors engage with experts to assess their business needs and understand their pain points from the sales and marketing, digital marketing, finance, and tax perspectives.

Speaking during the training, Kingdom Bank Head of SME Banking, Francis Thuo, reiterated the need for MSME training to enhance their business performance.

“Kingdom Bank is an MSME-focused bank, and we are partnering with our customers to upskill them and enhance their capacity through extending Bank-sponsored training and professional consulting services as a way of de-risking them and enhancing their business performance.”

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“We aim to ensure that these MSMEs have access to affordable credit facilities critical for their business growth in the long run,” said Thuo.

The training and consultation were done uniquely, with the entrepreneurs having a brief business diagnosis session upon arrival and a systematic rotation to engage with the 5 consultation stations that hosted the Bank, sales and marketing, digital marketing, finance, and tax experts.

“We recognize that MSMEs are key drivers of trade and employment creation, and this is why consultants from Sinapis have today sat with these entrepreneurs to practically diagnose their business issues and extend professional advice. ”

“This will go a long way in empowering them to accelerate their growth and model their businesses to face the future confidently.” Yvette Ondachi, Sinapis Regional Director for East Africa, said.

In addition, Kingdom Bank has also put in place measures to support the MSMEs post-training through regular engagement and support from dedicated Relationship Managers stationed at the Bank’s 19 branches and its head office.

“As a Bank, our strategy goes beyond offering financial services to our customers, and that is why we established the KB Growth Hub to be our implementing arm for these MSME trainings.

The initiative is sponsored by the Bank, and our business customers have access to the same as well as other additional training materials.” added Thuo.

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