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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has teamed up with local Kenyan banks to provide vital support to the country’s Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kenya’s private sector, particularly MSMEs, has faced significant hurdles in accessing financing, exacerbated by the economic uncertainties brought about by the pandemic. Recognizing this need, the EIB has allocated substantial funds to Kenya, channeled through trusted local partners such as Co-operative Bank and Equity Bank.

This partnership aims to address the challenges MSMEs face in accessing affordable financing, crucial for their growth and sustainability. By leveraging intermediated lending, the EIB ensures that funds reach businesses efficiently, enabling them to navigate the economic fallout from the pandemic and seize growth opportunities.

The impact of the pandemic on businesses has been profound, with many struggling to survive amidst lockdowns and disruptions. However, with support from the EIB, businesses like The Pot Shop and clinics under Equity Afia have not only weathered the storm but also expanded their operations, contributing to job creation and economic resilience.

The EIB’s allocation model prioritizes the needs of MSMEs, offering favorable terms such as longer repayment periods and competitive interest rates. This strategic approach reflects the commitment to fostering a conducive environment for MSMEs to thrive, ultimately driving Kenya’s socio-economic development forward.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

11th June, 2024

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