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Wema Bank Introduces Collateral-Free Loans For SMEs

Wema Bank has made SME loan products that are collateral-free available to support businesses.

The bank explained that businesses in need of working capital finance could get up to N10 million without collateral to meet their short-term business needs.

The bank earlier suspended loan repayments for SMEs for three months with effect from April 1, 2020, to mitigate the crippling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on small and medium scale businesses across the nation.

Managing Director of Wema Bank, Ademola Adebise said;

“For us, we will continue to put the health of Nigerians and the safety of our communities first, In the bank’s quest to enhance reach and accessibility of these facilities, it has made it available to both new and existing customers of the Bank including those doing business with their personal names.”

What makes the loans unique is that there is no collateral involved. It means that businesses that are relatively new or have a good credit history can still be eligible for the loan.

Even if the interest rate will be higher than a typical bank loan, Wema Bank will make sure your company can handle the payments so as not to be detrimental to your business. The loans can be paid back over 12 months.

According to the bank, the loan offering is part of its responsibility to support the fight against the ongoing global health crisis.

Interestingly, the loan is available for business owners who are in segments such as trade/general commerce, schools, pharmaceuticals, hospitals, clinics, and diagnostic centres.

Wema Bank is offering up to five million naira without collateral and up to 12 months repayment period to businesses that are doing trading or general commerce while school owners can get up to N10 million without collateral with 12 months repayment period.

The loan can be accessed if your business falls within the target sectors. The loan is open to new and existing customers of the bank. To get started, simply visit the website at or send an enquiry to [email protected]

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