Primera Microfinance Bank, a fully licensed and technology-driven finance institution that offers financial solutions to businesses and individuals said it has extended over N5bn financing to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in 2022.
In a statement, the bank said it accomplished the feat by strategically targeting key growth sectors in the SME space to stimulate their commercial and economic It pledged to maintain robust financing lines to entrepreneurs in the economy, to enable them weather economic headwinds and surmount critical financial challenges.
In recognising the key role that gender-diversity and financial inclusion for women play in driving sustainable economic growth, approximately 26 per cent of the financing lines were made out to female entrepreneurs in the current financial year, doubling the 13 per cent share recorded in 2021, it said.
It added that the funding lines were focused on enabling small and medium-scale entrepreneurs sustain and grow their businesses as well as empower them to launch new businesses to compete in the marketplace.
The Chief Executive Officer, Primera Microfinance Bank, Mr Unwana Esang, speaking on the development said, “At Primera MFBank, we are solidly committed to building the capacity of Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises in this economy to ensure they thrive, create wealth for our people and add value to society.Related News
“This is critical because according to available data, over 99 per cent of registered businesses in Nigeria are MSMEs and they contribute 46 per cent of our Gross Domestic Product, this is in addition to providing over 87 per cent of employment in our economy.
“So, we are very deliberate in our focus to grow this very important dimension of our economy by leveraging one of our must-win objectives of significantly improving customer and stakeholder satisfaction.”
He added that, “Our bank, through our Primera Business proposition, is proud to be championing the cause of SMEs in our economy, and in recognition of the fact that access to finance is a major challenge to SMEs, we have optimised our lending processes to make our financing lines more accessible and available in a time and cost-efficient manner to our highly valued SME clientele.
“In addition to these, we have established partnerships that have significantly improved on credit application support, as well as the knowledge, expertise and enabling infrastructure around SMEs through our periodically held and very well-attended Primera SME clinics.”