(A partnership between UKaid Sakchyam and Prabhu Bank Ltd)
Most rural areas of Nepal have small populations scattered over small population pockets that are difficult to reach. The absence of financial institutions in those areas has left the population deprived of formal access to finance. Also, the challenging geographic landscape of these areas further provides obstacles to the people. Most of the locals are dependent upon agriculture and most of the youth work abroad as migrant labours.
Low presence of formal financial institutions has had a negative impact on the daily lives of the local population. They have to rely on informal money lenders or local financial institutions which charge high interest rates. Also, people in rural areas usually lack financial literacy and are therefore unable to make balanced financial decisions.
With UKaid Sakchyam Access to Finance’s support, Prabhu Bank has established a total of 3 new branches at Chame of Manang Distict, Rukumkot of Rukum and Kamalbazar of Achham district. Prabhu Bank has also launched BLB points in these three districts. By leveraging its experience of working with bottom of the pyramid, the bank has ensured the people living in remote locations have access to funds, especially to invest in productive areas such as agriculture sector and low cost housing.
The new bank branches and BLBs cater to the numerous banking needs of the local population. The women entrepreneurs and farmers now have access to a number of segment-specific financial products that the bank offers. Agro business firms, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are able to benefit from existing and new financial products that has been designed to meet specific and seasonal needs. General households also have a trusted financial institution to receive and route their remittance, along with having various saving options.
As of June 2019, Prabhu Bank has
- established 3 physical branchesand 12 BLB touchpoints
- reached over 15,000 customersthrough financial services
- disbursed NPR 49.6 million in loans and collected over NPR 185 million in deposits.