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NCBA empowers women traders in Homa Bay

In an event to mark this year’s International Women’s Day, regional lender NCBA, in collaboration with Homa Bay County, hosted a dinner gala, bringing together over 100 SME customers.

The event, aimed at celebrating the achievements of women in business and promoting gender inclusivity, highlighted the importance of fostering innovation and resilience within the business community.

During the dinner, Mr. Robert Kiboti, NCBA Group Director Commercial and SME Banking, reiterated the bank’s commitment to supporting women entrepreneurs.

“We are proud to celebrate and empower women making a remarkable impact in our communities,” he said. “As we prepare to inaugurate our branch in Homa Bay, we are committed to supporting SMEs as they are the key drivers in the economy of Homa Bay. This exemplifies our commitment to supporting and uplifting women on their path to success.”

The event, attended by a diverse array of stakeholders, including policymakers, investors, economists, academics, politicians and non-state actors, featured inspiring success stories from entrepreneurs who have overcome obstacles and achieved remarkable success in their respective fields.

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Promoting diversity

It also provided valuable networking opportunities for attendees, allowing them to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, mentors, and industry experts.

Sarah Malit, CEC Member, Ministry of Youth, and Gender Inclusivity expressed her appreciation for the support received from partners in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“As NCBA comes in as a new partner in Homa Bay County, we assure you that you will get a rich customer base. Homa Bay has a lot of potential for value chain financing,” she said.

NCBA outlined its focus on promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion as a critical agenda of its sustainability commitments to support women and youth through targeted mentorship and skill-building.

The bank continues to support SMEs by streamlining processes through digital banking, merchant services such as Lipa na M-PESA, and business financing solutions such as business stock loan financing.

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