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How To Apply For Fg Markrtmoni No-collateral Loan For Small Business by lindaShaw(f): 3:40am On Oct 01, 2017
MarketMoni is a Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) created to provide financial aid for the under-banked and unbanked. This objective is being achieved by providing easy and quick loans at no interest rate besides a five per cent (5%) administrative fee

Comprising over 37 million businesses, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) form a significant chunk of the informal sector, including market women, traders, artisans, enterprising youths and agricultural workers.

Nothing better demonstrates this critical role of MSMEs in Nigeria than their whopping N38.7 trillion contribution to Nigeria’s GDP of N94.1 trillion in 2015. However, this sector is still hampered significantly by difficulties accessing affordable credit.

According to recent reports on the sector, 85 per cent of MSMEs in Nigeria cite access to affordable credit as a major challenge. Most affected by this uphill battle are women-owned businesses which account for 60 per cent of MSMEs in Nigeria.

Empowering the Vulnerable

MarketMoni is a programme unprecedented in Nigeria’s recent history, granting interest-free credit facilities to existing microenterprises of market women and traders, artisans, enterprising youth and agricultural workers.

The scheme of the National Social Investment Office is targeted at expanding the scope and scale of economic opportunity for the financially vulnerable. The Federal Government is executing MarketMoni through the Bank of Industry (BOI), a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.

The Acting Managing Director of BOI, Waheed Olagunju, at an Abuja stakeholder discussion recently, reiterated MarketMoni as a demonstration of the government’s resolve to accelerate development of Nigeria’s micro enterprises. “This Federal Government programme aligns with BOI’s goal of inclusive growth and expanding economic opportunity. Access to affordable funds is a primary challenge of MSMEs, and even more so micro enterprises as this segment is least understood. MarketMoni is a direct response to this challenge – granting loans at unprecedented rates that cannot be accessed anywhere else.

“The government identifies with Nigerians working hard to keep their businesses afloat, and will continue to extend its assistance through initiatives of this nature,” said Olagunju.

The ‘no-interest’ loan scheme is accessible to beneficiaries through their accredited market associations and cooperatives. Upon confirmed membership of accredited market associations, provision of Bank Verification Numbers (BVNs), and assignment of a MarketMoni agent, beneficiaries qualify to obtain loans ranging between N10,000 to N100,000 repayable over 6 months, with a one-time 5% administrative fee to cushion costs.

Explaining why MarketMoni is a true intervention and rare opportunity for this critical segment of the Nigerian economy, BOI Executive Director – Microenterprises, Toyin Adeniji, said that MarketMoni “does not carry the usual interest tag that other such facilities would carry. Instead, beneficiaries only pay a one-time five per cent administrative charge which is also spread over 6 months.

“So if you are taking a loan of N50,000 for example, you would only pay N52,500 and it spreads over 6 months. If you took a N20,000 loan, you would be paying back N21,000. The beauty is there is no other cost or hidden charges as the case is with most credit available to this segment and which run up interests as high as 48% annualised. MarketMoni is a true intervention.”

MarketMoni’s 6-month repayment tenure eases the burden on the beneficiary. The entrepreneur is better able to focus their energies on growing their business rather than meeting aggressive targets. The loan also comes with a 2-week moratorium prior to commencement of weekly repayments starting on the third week of the life of the loan. For example, a N20,000 loan beneficiary would pay back N875 weekly. A beneficiary who makes a daily contribution therefore pays less than N200 per day, an amount that can easily be set aside while reaping the benefits of significant injection of capital into their business. There is no other loan facility this affordable for the Nigerian at the base of the pyramid.

Women and Gender Advantage

From the N500 billion budget voted to social intervention programmes for 2016, MarketMoni accounts for N140billion – subject to funding – to target about 1.6 million market women and traders, artisans, enterprising youth and agricultural works over the one-year period. BOI targets women-owned businesses for 60% of MarketMoni.

This gender advantage emanates from researched knowledge that difficulty accessing finance is more prevalent among women, and has been a persistent barrier to the comparative participation of women in the micro-economy. Giving an edge to women has become imperative in the light of the multiplicity of roles of women micro-entrepreneurs as breadwinners and home-makers, and more likely participants in microenterprise than big business. A specific targeting of women accelerates the programme’s direct impact on job opportunities at the base of the pyramid, and a consequent reduction in poverty.

BOI in the Driver’s Seat

At a recent interactive session, Adeniji stressed BOI’s strategic position as a development financial institution with national spread, listing a wide network and structural capacity as core strengths of BOI which necessitated its choice by the government as the implementer of the scheme.

“When this product (MarketMoni) was conceptualised, we wanted the most efficient way to connect with the beneficiaries. BOI was sort of the first choice that the government could work with because it is already an established development financial institution. BOI already had structures that could enable it go to market quickly.

“BOI also had the ability to develop and scale more partnerships that deal directly with this hitherto hard-to-reach segment. As a development financial institution, BOI is charged with tackling development in the area of finance. So when we are thinking about development, it’s not just large institutions. Development finance cuts across all scales. So BOI does have the capacity and capability to work across all sectors of the institution.

“BOI also has offices in over 20 states in Nigeria, so we have quite a spread. By the end of this year, we will have offices represented in every state. We have come up with the concept of aggregators who work as third-party agents with access to the bottom of the pyramid and our beneficiaries. Aggregators work with clusters of associations, cooperatives or groupings. Through them we reach the customers and scale over time,” said Adeniji.

Smart Microfinance Institutions and Micro-Finance Banks have recognised the importance of the scheme and keyed in. Adeniji explained that “MarketMoni recognises that MFIs and MFBs are also closer to our beneficiaries.

“They have more distribution at the local government level, the ward level and the state level. In addition to aggregators, we also work with MFBs and MFIs. We partner with them. Through them, we are able to extend our reach.”

Integrating the under-banked and unbanked

“40% Of Nigerians Have Never Had Bank Accounts” was a screaming headline in the dailies in December, 2016, attributed to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The Deputy Director, Payment Systems, CBN, Sam Okojere had earlier revealed at a fair hosted in Benin by the CBN for small and medium scale business enterprises the need for MSME owners, especially microenterprises, to embrace a banking culture, as doing so comes with inherent building of a transaction record, asset tracking, financial safety and economic opportunities from being a “known entity.”

To this end, the implementation of the zero-interest MarketMoni has begun to have a ripple effect on financial inclusion in the nation’s financial sector. Early results of the credit facility show a significant increase in bank accounts opening and BVN enrolment among beneficiaries, especially in rural areas partaking in the scheme.

Loans from 10,000 to 100,000
5% administrative fee (No other charges)
6-month loan tenure
No Collateral
No Interest

Click here for a step-to-step guide to apply for this loan:

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Re: How To Apply For Fg Markrtmoni No-collateral Loan For Small Business by haryorbarmie83(m): 3:48am On Oct 01, 2017
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