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Guaranty Trust Bank to get Sh1.6 billion IFC loan for SME lending


Guaranty Trust Bank to get Sh1.6 billion IFC financial loan for SME lending


GT Lender Kenya is seeking Sh3.2 billion credit facility from IFC for onward lending to compact and medium-sized corporations. FILE Image | Country MEDIA Group



  • The Worldwide Finance Corporation is set to lend $15 million (Sh1.6 billion) to Guaranty Have faith in Financial institution Kenya for onward lending to little and medium sized firms (SMEs).
  • The financial loan is aspect of IFC’s funding of economic institutions in emerging markets less than its Covid-19 disaster reaction programme.

The International Finance Company is set to lend $15 million (Sh1.6 billion) to Warranty Rely on Financial institution Kenya for onward lending to little and medium sized firms (SMEs).

The bank loan is component of IFC’s funding of economical institutions in rising marketplaces below its Covid-19 crisis response programme.

The loans are intended to be disbursed to businesses whose hard cash flows have been disrupted by the pandemic, aiding to improve their doing the job money amongst other demands.

“The proposed loan of $15 million…is a just one-calendar year bank loan, with the solution to be rolled in excess of for an more 12 months at IFC’s discretion. The bank loan will supply GTBK more liquidity guidance for its operations amidst prevailing economic troubles,” IFC said in its financial investment disclosures.

“This undertaking will avail functioning capital and trade-connected financial loans to borrowers, predominantly SMEs, stabilising offer chains and re-imposing resilience in important sectors this sort of as trade, rapidly shifting buyer items, prescription drugs and producing, that have been impacted by the pandemic.”

The bank is a subsidiary of Lagos-dependent Guaranty Rely on Holding Firm Plc.

The Nigerian multinational acquired the Kenyan bank, previously buying and selling as Fina Lender, in December 2013.

Warranty Believe in Lender Kenya now has 9 branches with a aim on company, SME and particular banking. The financial institution will present loans to customers fitting the criteria proven by IFC.

The worldwide financier defines SMEs working with many measures which includes corporations acquiring amongst 10 and 300 workforce or once-a-year product sales of $100,000 (Sh11 million) to $15 million (Sh1.6 billion).

The personal loan dimension per borrower usually ranges from $10,000 (Sh1.1 million) to $2 million (Sh221 million).

IFC also encourages the banking companies it resources to lend to women-owned enterprises and climate-related ventures such as renewable electricity jobs.

The proposed mortgage to the loan company is the most recent for the IFC, which has been funding scores of Kenyan banking companies which includes KCB and Co-op Bank.