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Family bank acquires Sh1.95 bn for lending to SMEs, education sector

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NAIROBI, Kenya May 26-Family Bank has secured a total of Sh1.95 billion from BlueOrchard Finance Ltd managed funds to extend to the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and to support the education sector.

The funding will be used for onward lending to MSMEs to enable the resumption of business operations from the challenges of Covid-19, to expand access to affordable credit extended to SMEs by the Bank and to promote access to education for secondary, higher and vocation education levels.

“Our long-term business perspective is to drive sustainable value addition across the end-to-end value chain. This can only be possible through collaboration with partners such as BlueOrchard, an impact investment manager,” said Family Bank CEO Rebecca Mbithi.

Earlier this year, the bank acquired Sh1.5 billion loan portfolio guarantee facility from the African Guarantee Fund(AGF) to increase lending to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, women-led businesses and climate-friendly investments.

In addition, the Bank acquired Sh1.1 billion from eco.business Fund to increase access to finance for sustainable agricultural producers, particularly in the tea sector.

This brings the total amount of funds raised by the Bank to Sh4.55 billion.



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