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SMEP: Micro lenders changing Kenyans lifestyles

SMEP Micro Finance Bank is regarded as Kenya’s oldest micro-lending institution, and has been in operations to the 1970s.The microfinance bank started out as small scale business and charity enterprise under the auspices of the National Council of Churches of Kenya [NCCK] way back during mid 1970s. According to SMEP’s CEO Symon Kamore Mwangi, “our …

Yawezekana Sacco: the making of the poor people’s ‘bank’

With the legislation of the Mi crofinance Act, introduced in parliament during 2006 prior –to its enactment in 2008, the micro-lendingservices have undoubtedly spurred notablegrowth particularly across the SMEs sector.This is a significant shift from the caseslightly over two decades, when access to basic banking services in Kenya was supposedlyregarded to be the preserve of …

Unaitas loans over Sh2bn to transform chamas

Unaitas Sacco disbursed over Sh2 billion in loans to chamas last year as it sought to transform the selfhelp groups into investment vehicles.This comes against the backdrop of cautious approach to lending and enhanced provisioning for loan loss by the sacco’s management in light of tough lending environment.According to the management, thechamas have defaulted only …

Vectus works with Sacco’s to deliver quality water solutions

The drought in Kenya is worsening across 13 counties owing to the prevailing hot weather conditions across the country.A report that was released to the media by the National Drought Management Authority shows that the mosthit regions include North Easterncounties of Garissa, Marsabit, Wajir andMandera.Thousands of people and hundreds oflivestock lacks clean water and pasturerespectively. …

Transunion for transformative solutions to banks

Inadequate access to credit limits poor people from a fair share of resources in society, depriving them of basic needs andopportunities in life. Universally, commercialbanks are facing problem of non-repayment ofloans. This problem can be overcome throughmonitoring the behavior of borrowers. Thus,the idea of establishing Credit ReferenceBureau (CRB) was conceived in order to assistbanks in …

Is There a Liquidity Crisis Among MFIs, and if so, Where?

Earlier in the COVID-19 crisis, Daniel Rozas wrote a widely circulated blog post analyzing the liquidity situation of microfinance institutions (MFIs) using MIX Market data from 2016 and 2018. Thanks to the CGAP Global Pulse Survey of Microfinance Institutions, we are now able to refresh his analysis with current data — and the results are striking. While the …

Women in Rural and Agricultural Livelihoods Facing COVID-19

Women in rural and agricultural livelihoods have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Immediate interventions have been crucial to support their daily needs, but it’s never too early for service providers, funders, policy makers and researchers to anticipate the rebuilding phase and even prepare for the next crisis. The World Bank Group’s Gender Strategy identifies three pillars of women’s …