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Size of loans up but small firms ejected from lending market - 12 months ago, 17 Apr 11:20

Brian Ngugi

The average loan size has risen from Sh400,000 to about Sh600,000 since the debut of the rate capping law in September 2016 as lenders shower large borrowers, deemed less risky, with cash. Bank and microfinance numbers for up to February this year show that lenders continue to shun small firms. This, Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Governor Patrick Njoroge said, has resulted in the overall reduction in customer accounts. Big borrowers “There has been reduced intermediation by banks resulting in a significant increase in average loan sizes arising from the declining number of loan accounts, and large banks shunning smaller and risky borrowers in preference to big borrowers,” Dr Njoroge said in a presentation to Parliament. Private sector credit grew just 2.1 per cent in the year to February, well below CBK’s target rate of 12-15 per cent. The Banking (Amendment) Act, 2016, which came into force on September 14, ...
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