Co-op will get Sh6.3bn EU bank mortgage for SMEs lending

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Thursday November 25 2021

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Co-operative Bank CEO Gideon Muriuki. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Co-operative Bank #ticker:COOP has bought Sh6.3 billion (50 million euros) from the European Funding Bank for onward lending to tiny companies to reduction them recuperate from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Co-op Bank chief executive officer Gideon Muriuki stated micro, tiny and medium-sized (MSME) companies with as a lot as 250 workers can note for the mortgage.

The prolonged-time-frame mortgage will likely be repayable in seven years and must nonetheless encourage MSMEs fund the acquisition of tangible industry resources, working capital, pattern of distribution networks innovation and industry analysis.

Mr Muriuki stated the lending is part of the bank’s effort to make contributions to the recovery of Kenya’s companies following the Covid-19 challenges.

“The credit facility will likely be on the market for as a lot as a maximum of Sh1.5 billion per buyer for a maximum tenor of seven years,” he stated.

“Co-operative Bank dedication to the SME sector in Kenya will likely be particular that this facility will likely be on the market straight away,” Mr Muriuki added.

The European Funding Bank, the lending arm of the European Union, has partnered with the lender in finance investments since 2003.

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