KCB Bank Uganda Partners with Mkazipreneur to Boost Financial Inclusion Among Women Entrepreneurs
KCB Bank Uganda, has partnered with Mkazipreneur, a Ugandan based community platform dedicated to fostering and advancing women entrepreneurship in Africa, and one that supports working women in both the informal and formal sectors through financial literacy.
KCBU, through its initiative dubbed KCB Flme, will work closely with Mkazipreneur to bridge the gender gap in accessing financial services and empower women. Through this partnership, Ugandan women will be able to access an all-encompassing package, including salary loans, unsecured business loans, overdrafts, mortgages, and personal and life insurance; services that have been predominantly utilized by men.
This partnership will also be instrumental in providing female small business owners with affordable resources, skills training, workshops, platforms to showcase products, financial advice, and a supportive community to lean on.
Speaking at the launch event, Agnes Mayanja Namyalo, the Executive Director at KCB Bank said, “This partnership today will introduce opportunities for women to access loans with fair interest rates, other KCBU products and services with minimal or no collateral and will open doors for them to explore various business opportunities.”
Mayanja emphasized the need for women to unite in achieving their dreams; “Through networking, training, and mentoring opportunities, we shall break barriers in male-dominated business sectors, providing our female clients with access to larger volumes of growth capital,” she said.
Diana Komukama, Head of Marketing and Communications at KCB Bank Uganda highlighted the importance of women’s equity, equality, and empowerment.
She stated, “We are committed to bettering the communities we live in, starting with the mothers of the nation. Through partnerships like these, we affirm our commitment to empowering all women in business by providing a suitable product portfolio, regardless of status, age, or occupation. Supporting mothers also means extending support to their children.”
Immy Nakyeyune, the Founder and leader, Mkazipreneur welcomed the partnership and hailed KCBU for their efforts in empowering women financially. By empowering women with the right financial skills and tools, we are empowering the whole nation.”
She said, “It has always been said that when you educate a woman, you educate the whole nation.
According to the Bank of Uganda National-Financial-Inclusion-Strategy 2022, 38% of men vs 25% of women, have an account at a financial institution, save or borrow money and understand financial services.
However, women do use informal financial services more than men in Uganda with 34% usage for women versus 27% for men, so levels of exclusion from any form of financial services is similar for men and women. It is important to note that formal usage of financial services and financial capability among women is lower than for men.
This BOU report attributes the gender gap to cultural beliefs such as women not owning property, low female employment, stigmatization against women in the employment sector, lack of female backing from their spouses, lack of financial education and enlightenment, among other social, political, and economic factors. Steps to close this gap have been taken by government, NGOs, women bodies, and other relevant stakeholders.
KCB Bank Uganda is an all-inclusive financial service provider that focuses on providing innovative banking solutions. It is licensed by the Bank of Uganda, the central bank and national banking regulator. The Bank has 14 branches spread across the country,15 ATMs, 385 Bank Agents and 295 Merchant outlets, that provide a wide range of products and services. Its mission is “To drive efficiency whilst growing market share in order to be the preferred financial solutions provider in Africa with global reach.”
Mkazipreneur is a dynamic community platform dedicated to fostering and advancing women entrepreneurship in Africa. We are passionate about connecting, celebrating, and empowering women entrepreneurs across the continent. Through our robust network and comprehensive resources, we strive to provide the support, guidance, and opportunities needed for women to thrive in their business endeavors.