How to get a loan from SMEDAN

The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) is a government sanctioned agency created by an Act in 2003. The goal of SMEDAN is to help, mentor and promote the growth of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector of the economy.

The agency achieves this goal by helping Small businesses and entrepreneurs have access to loans and also offering training and mentor-ship. Frequently, the organisation organizes different programs and projects aim at helping the MSME sector.

As you may know, the MSME sector of the economy is the backbone of Nigeria’s economy. It is widely believed that if small businesses and emerging entrepreneurs can be empowered with access to funds and training, the Nigerian economy would grow rapidly. That is the goal of the The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).

Understanding SMEDAN loan

SMEDAN does not necessarily provide the loan on its own. While they occasionally disburse loans themselves, such as the National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDEP) loan, they most often time act as a middle man.

They create a pool of loans accessible to small businesses and entrepreneurs from different providers such as banks, Micro-finance, cooperate societies and more. They then give entrepreneurs and small businesses access to these loans through its platform. There are also loans provided by the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) on its platform. Bank of Agriculture (BOA) loans can also be accessed from them.

In summary, it is more like a matchmaking between small businesses/entrepreneurs and fund providers. The matchmaker is SMEDAN.

All loans offered by SMEDAN itself and the fund providers in its pool can be accessed through the SMEDAN credit information portal.

SMEDAN loan requirement and collateral

Since all loans are not provided by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and there are different loan provider in the pool, requirement and collateral demand defers.

However, the emphasis of SMEDAN is on loan without collateral. Or with minimal collateral demand.

Generally, small businesses and entrepreneurs in Nigeria can have access to the loans in the pool.

Who can apply for SMEDAN loan?

Every small business and entrepreneur in Nigeria can apply. You can apply as an individual or as a group

How to get a loan from SMEDAN

Follow these steps to get a loan from SMEDAN or any of the fund providers in its pool:

1. Visit SMEDAN credit information portal

The first step is to visit the credit information portal. You can access the portal from your computer, tablet or phone.

2. Select the type of loan that you want

Next is to select the type of loan that you are looking for. There are basically four types of loan to select from. The four types of loan available includes:

Personal loan : Personal loans are aimed at helping individuals achieve aims/target quickly

Business loans : Business loans are targeted to help businesses grow

Mortgage loans : Mortgage Loans are aimed to assist in acquiring property. It is usually long-term loan to assist individuals own their houses

Credit card loans : Credit card loans are to help you on the go

So select the type of loan that you are looking for.

3. Provide needed information

You will be asked next to provide necessary information. More like creating a profile. You must only provide accurate information.

Information required will include the purpose of loan, your age, employment status and how much you need. See the screenshot below as an example.

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