Wema Bank has revamped its nine per cent loan offering for female Small and Medium Enterprises(SMEs) in the country.
This, it said, is in a bid to further demonstrate its commitment to supporting women entrepreneurs.
The revamped offer includes; a longer tenor, easier access and requires no guarantor or collateral to access this facility. This is a boon for those wishing to restock their businesses for the festive season or other short-term business needs.
Commenting on the offer, the divisional head, Retail Business, Wema Bank Plc. Dotun Ifebogun, explained that, they reviewed it to make it easier for applicants to access the facility which would help them grow their businesses.
He said Wema Bank has shown its interest in the growth and development of female-owned businesses by also offering business training in the past through the Sara by Wema proposition, adding that, the revamped loan offer is another effort in that direction as they will access business loans at a single-digit interest rate with insurance cover, among other benefits.
According to Ifebogun, apart from requiring no collateral or guarantor, applicants can access a loan of up to N1 million with a one-year tenor instead of the previous six months, adding that, people who do not have a Wema Bank account can also benefit by signing up on ALAT.
Highlighting other eligibility criteria, the divisional head, Retail Business, said: “to access the 9% Loan Offer, the beneficiary business “must be owned or run by a woman while the company shareholding must show that women own at least 51% of the business or 2/3 of signatories.”