Oikocredit partners with MyCredit to fund SMEs in Kenya
Social impact investor Oikocredit, approved a loan facility of $2.6 million to MyCredit, a non-bank financial institution based in Nairobi, Kenya. Through this partnership, MyCredit will fulfil its mission to support businesses and local communities to achieve greater financial freedom through tailor-made loans to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), professionals and civil servants.
George Mbira, CEO, MyCredit: ''The secured funding will support MyCredit’s strategic plan to offer affordable and medium-term financing of up to a maximum of three years to its SME customers who are in trading businesses. Through this partnership, the SMEs will be able to create more job opportunities in the communities within which they operate. At MyCredit, we are excited to build a truly pan-African business in the next 10 years, opening branches in all 47 counties and commercial centres to reach and develop missing middle enterprises.''
With this investment, MyCredit will continue to improve access to capital for SMEs in a fast, convenient and affordable way. The institution has disbursed 15,500 loans to customers across Kenya with a total value of KES 6.08 billion in the last six years. Over that period, MyCredit has opened 15 branches and created 158 jobs. This new funding deal contributes to Oikocredit’s mission to provide loans to organisations active in the financial inclusion sector and improve lives for low-income households throughout Kenya.
Michael Kariah, Investment Officer, Oikocredit, East and Southern Africa: ''This transaction enables Oikocredit and MyCredit to work together to provide funding to support SMEs in Kenya and further extend our social impact. SMEs are one of the main pillars of economic growth as they have a multiplier effect of supporting many households through the creation of sustainable jobs. Our funding and capacity-building support will enable the company to make further progress in key impact areas while expanding the outreach to more underserved SMEs in the country.''