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Member News: Mastercard Partners with Unilever on SME Lending in Kenya

MSMEs need loans and grants to thrive in emerging economies. Mastercard's and Unilever's CEOs have a solution. SME Finance Forum member Mastercard is working with Unilever on new lending models for micro merchants in Kenya.

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Member News: StanChart Eyes SMEs Loans with Asia Tour
SME customers of Standard Chartered Bank, a SME Finance Forum member, will explore Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand on a 10-tour. The tour sponsored by StanChart in partnership with Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest) and Strathmore Business School will target SMEs with a minimum annual turnover of Sh10...
Member News: Diamond Bank Rewards Five Entrepreneurs with N15m to Strengthen SMEs Development
Leading retail bank, Diamond Bank Plc has once again demonstrated its passion for supporting small businesses by rewarding finalists of the seventh season of the Building Entrepreneurs Today (BET) programme with N15million grant. Ikenna Ubah, Tope Alake, Jumoke Dada, Bayo Ojelabi and Osagie Azeta emerged winners of the grants having displayed...
Global SME Finance Forum 2018 - Meet Our Study Visit Hosts
Join the Global SME Finance Forum 2018 on November 5 to access study visits to financial institutions and fintechs that have best in class, innovative ways of serving SMEs clients. The conference will showcase unique perspectives of industry leaders, rich experiences of successful practitioners, and the impactful financial innovations that...
Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion Hosts Study Tour at Africa SME Finance Forum
The Africa SME Finance Forum 2018 provided more than 140 participants access to seven study visits to financial institutions and fintechs that have best in class, innovative ways of serving SMEs clients. The study tour took place in Nairobi, Kenya on May 14. One of the visits was to the Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion, which is one of...
Member News: BRAC Bank Celebrates Anniversary of Women’s Banking Solutions ‘TARA’
SME Finance Forum BRAC Bank has celebrated the first anniversary of the launch of its comprehensive Women’s Banking solutions ‘TARA’. Selim RF Hussain, Managing Director and CEO, BRAC Bank, and senior officials were present at the programme to mark the occasion at the bank’s head office on May 8. BRAC Bank is the first bank to launch a women...
Member News: Bancolombia Launches Resource Platform for Small Businesses
SME Finance Forum member and leading Colombian bank Bancolombia, has unveiled a new platform designed to offer better services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the country. Called Negocios Pyme (or, in English, SME Business), the client portal was rolled out on May 15 to offer an overview of the available services offered to SMEs by...
QDB Joins 140 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C., April 11, 2018 – Qatar Development Bank (QDB) became the newest member of the SME Finance Forum, a global membership network that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs. “200 million businesses worldwide...
Partner News: Opportunity Network Partners With VietinBank to Offer Clients Access to Innovative Growth-focused Digital Business Matchmaking Platform
VietinBank announced they are partnering with SME Finance Forum industry partner, Opportunity Network, to offer VietinBank's clients access to an innovative digital business matchmaking platform that promotes growth by connecting business owners to a network of more than 15,000 CEOs in over 113 countries. VietinBank is the first Southeast Asian...
Member News: Experian Backs Financial-literacy and Microfinance Initiatives Targeting 2 Million Disadvantaged Women in Asia
On International Women's Day this year, Experian is reaffirming its commitment to female financial literacy and inclusion through a series of innovative social initiatives across Asia. A growing body of research suggests that more female workforce participation in a country corresponds with higher GDP, as does greater gender equality overall. And...
Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) Donates $211k to Incofin Investment Management of Belgium to Renew Capacity Development Facility
Incofin Investment Management, a Belgian fund management company, and the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), a public-private development bank founded in 1970, recently signed the fourth capacity development agreement stemming from their partnership that was launched in 2008 to strengthen a total of 14 microfinance institutions (MFIs)...