INITIATIVE

Family Bank partners with USAID project to finance agribusinesses

The bank commits to disburse Sh500million to agribusinesses in the next one year

In Summary
  • The bank targets to provide financing across dairy, horticulture, livestock and energy for agriculture value chains.
  • The initiative is targeting Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Kisumu, Siaya, Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Vihiga, Kitui, Makueni, Taita Taveta, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana, Garissa and Wajir counties.
Benedetta Nangila from Kimwanga village, Bumula sub county in Bungoma County started fodder farming in 2018 to get school fees for her college education.
Benedetta Nangila from Kimwanga village, Bumula sub county in Bungoma County started fodder farming in 2018 to get school fees for her college education.
Image: AGATHA NGOTHO

Family Bank has partnered with USAID’s Kenya Investment Mechanism to disburse loans worth Sh500million shillings to agribusinesses.

The Tier 1 lender has committed to complete the disbursement in selected 17 counties in the next one year.

Through an initiative dubbed ,Pay for Results, the bank targets to provide financing across dairy, horticulture, livestock and energy for agriculture value chains.

The initiative is targeting Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Kisumu, Siaya, Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Vihiga, Kitui, Makueni, Taita Taveta, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana, Garissa and Wajir counties.

“The agri-business sector faces challenges accessing affordable credit and technical support. Through this partnership, we will provide affordable credit and capacity building to our SME customers,” said Family Bank Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Mbithi.

The agriculture sector forms the backbone of Kenya’s economy, with an approximate contribution of 33 per cent to the country’s GDP.

However, overall lending by financial institutions to agriculture businesses remains low.

“We are glad to have Family Bank join us to address the low lending to agriculture,” said Roger Bird, Kenya Investment Mechanism Chief of Party. 

This partnership comes barely a month after Family Bank entered into a fodder financing agreement with Performeter Agribusiness and Ndumberi Dairy Farmers Co-operative Society that is set to double dairy farmers milk production to 30,000 litres per day.

Kenya Investment Mechanism is a USAID program that unlocks capital for SMEs and smallholder farmers in Kenya and East Africa, in partnership with banks and other financing organizations.

The program is implemented by Palladium, a global firm that works with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities, and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental, and financial benefits.