Left to right: Moses Mwendwa, Acting Chairman Credit Bank: Grace Nyachae, Director Credit Bank: Robert Kagiri, Portfolio Director Africa Oikocredit International: Betty Korir CEO Credit Bank and Anthony Gichini, Equity Officer East Africa Oikocredit International during the signing of the Ksh 1 billion investment plan www.businesstoday.co.ke
Left to right: Moses Mwendwa, Acting Chairman Credit Bank: Grace Nyachae, Director Credit Bank: Robert Kagiri, Portfolio Director Africa Oikocredit International: Betty Korir CEO Credit Bank and Anthony Gichini, Equity Officer East Africa Oikocredit International during the signing of the Ksh 1 billion investment plan. [Photo/Business Today/Courtesy]

Credit Bank on Thursday signed a Ksh1 billion equity investment with social impact investor Oikocredit. The investment, which is subject to regulatory approvals, will see Oikocredit take a minority stake in Credit Bank.

Credit Bank intends to use the funding to grow its SME loan portfolio and to further build on the trade finance solutions already offered by the bank.

As an investor, Oikocredit will work with Credit Bank to mainstream social impact and impact measurement into Credit Bank’s lending activities. Credit Bank continues to pursue strategic partners for growth.

Africa Development Bank recently approved a debt finance facility for the bank to further extend its presence in the SME market.

Speaking at the signing ceremony held today in Nairobi, Moses Mwendwa, Credit Bank’s Acting Chairman, said: “We welcome Oikocredit as a shareholder with extensive international investing experience and an emphasis on social impact. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship.”

“Credit Bank’s shareholders approved a rights issue at its Annual General Meeting in June 2019, which is expected to raise an additional Ksh 2 billion from shareholders.

Onboarding Oikocredit is a steadfast move towards attaining Credit Bank’s authorised capital of Ksh 7.5 billion, which should see Credit Bank attain Tier II status.

Oikocredit’s Portfolio Director – Africa, Robert Kagiri, said, “Oikocredit is very pleased to be making this equity investment. Credit Bank is a good fit for our organisation’s mission because of its strong commitment to its SME customers and to financial inclusion.”

“By enabling Credit Bank to expand its lending activities to SMEs, we’re helping Credit Bank support the creation of sustainable jobs. We look forward to working with Credit Bank towards lasting social impact for people on low-incomes in Kenya,” added Kigari.

The lender in July launched the Entrepreneurs Hub with an eye on fostering and growing the SME’s base in the bank.

“Over the years we have hosted several forums where entrepreneurs have benefited through learning, networking, and personalised coaching sessions. SMEs take up to 30% of the labour force, hence their stability and growth are crucial to the economy. Impacting their growth positively is core to our mission,” the lender said.

Head of Business Banking and Marketing Pamela Mutembei said the initiative will see SMEs have a positive growth trajectory.

“Having in place systems and processes gives businesses benefits such as being investor ready. Further, it helps the business set itself on a controlled growth trajectory. Human resources are a vital part of running a business,” said Mutembei.

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