MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Kenya-based Gulf African Bank, African Guarantee Fund Partner to Lend $1.2m to Small, Medium-Sized Businesses

<p>The African Guarantee Fund (AGF), reportedly has agreed to guarantee an unspecified portion of KES 100 million (USD 1.2 million) to be loaned by Gulf African Bank (GAB) to SMEs in Kenya. After the signing of the agreement, GAB Managing Director Asad Ahmed reportedly expressed his belief that the deal will help to increase the bank&rsquo;s financing and risk management capabilities. AGF was established in Kenya in June 2012 with initial capital sufficient to issue partial guarantees of loans totaling USD 50 million. AGF has branches in nine African countries as of March 2013. As of March 2011, GAB had total assets of KES 9.6 billion (USD 112.3 million) and customer deposits of KES 8.2 billion (USD 96 million).</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.microcapital.org/microcapital-brief-kenya-based-gulf-african-bank-african-guarantee-fund-partner-to-lend-1-2m-to-small-medium-sized-businesses/" title="http://www.microcapital.org/microcapital-brief-kenya-based-gulf-african-bank-african-guarantee-fund-partner-to-lend-1-2m-to-small-medium-sized-businesses/">http://www.microcapital.org/microcapital-brief-kenya-based-gulf-african-…</a></p>
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