Kingdom Bank, SINAPIS Partner to Train Local MSMEs

Kingdom Bank through the KB Growth Hub recently hosted at least 40 local entrepreneurs for a training and business consulting clinic in partnership with Sinapis – a social enterprise that empowers MSMEs through coaching and training.

The full-day consulting services session saw MSME owners and directors engage with experts to assess their business needs and understand their pain points from the sales and marketing, digital marketing, finance and tax perspectives.

Speaking during the training, Kingdom Bank Head of SME Banking, Francis Thuo said, “Kingdom Bank is an MSME-focused bank, and we are partnering with our customers to upskill them and enhance their capacity through extending Bank-sponsored training and professional consulting services as a way of de-risking them and enhancing their business performance. We aim to ensure that these MSMEs have access to affordable credit facilities critical for their business growth in the long run.”

Yvette Ondachi, Sinapis Regional Director for East Africa (left) and Francis Thuo, Kingdom Bank Head of SME Banking (right) engage with Eunice Wangari, a bank customer from Kirinyaga Road Branch during the KB Growth Hub MSME Business Clinic held at the Bank’s Head Office in Kilimani.
Yvette Ondachi, Sinapis Regional Director for East Africa (left) and Francis Thuo, Kingdom Bank Head of SME Banking (right) engage with Eunice Wangari, a bank customer from Kirinyaga Road Branch during the KB Growth Hub MSME Business Clinic held at the Bank’s Head Office in Kilimani.

Through the KB Growth Hub, the Bank which is a subsidiary of the Co-operative Bank of Kenya, has in quarter two of 2023 trained a total of 700 MSMEs who have since accessed short and long-term business loans to the tune of Ksh40 million which is indicative of the impact of the trainings.

MSMEs: Key drivers of trade

Also speaking at the training, Yvette Ondachi, Sinapis Regional Director for East Africa said, “We recognise that MSMEs are key drivers of trade and employment creation, and this is why consultants from Sinapis have today sat with these entrepreneurs to practically diagnose their business issues and extend professional advice. This will go a long way in empowering them to accelerate their growth and model their businesses to face the future confidently.”

The training and consultation were done uniquely with the entrepreneurs having a brief business diagnosis session upon arrival and a systematic rotation to engage with the 5 consultation stations that hosted the Bank, sales and marketing, digital marketing, finance and tax experts.

In addition, Kingdom Bank has also put in place measures to support the MSMEs post-training through regular engagement and support from dedicated Relationship Managers stationed at the Bank’s 19 branches and its head office.

As a Bank, our strategy goes beyond offering financial services to our customers and that is why we established the KB Growth Hub to be our implementing arm for these MSME trainings. The initiative is sponsored by the Bank and our business customers have access to the same as well as other additional training materials,” said the Kingdom Bank Head of SME Banking.

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