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MPUTHIA: Reforms unlock financing door for small businesses - 2 weeks ago, 21:05

Cathy Mputhia

A large percentage of Kenyan businesses can be categorised as micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

One of the challenges the businesses face is a lack of finance and capital for growth, among other challenges.

Statistics show that 46 per cent of SMEs collapse within one year of operations. One of the major reasons this is so is because of the financing challenge that most of them face.

Traditionally small businesses have had two sources of capital — equity and debt. However, there are now other more conventional sources of capital available to SMEs.

The government and the financial sector is undertaking a lot of policy reforms to support SMEs access financing, for example, the recent Stawi loan initiative, which is a mobile loan product.

The Stawi loan, according to a press statement, is set to improve credit access to SMEs, which have been locked out of the formal credit market due to a lack ...
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