The objective of the new Women Entrepreneurs Financing Community of Practice (CoP) is to effectively share knowledge and best practices, tools and innovative products to facilitate increased services to W-SMEs. To discuss and agree on how best to build a sustainable community of practice, we organized the first meeting on December 16th, 2020. Its purpose was to discuss and agree on priority areas of focus and how to best structure the CoP to serve memberson how best to build a sustainable community to effectively share lessons learned on how to increase financial services to W-SMEs. About 40 members and IFC staff from diverse regions and institutions attended the meeting.
Bundling Strategies and Products Towards Sustainable Growth of Women SMEs Post Pandemic
In Bangladesh, the number of women-led enterprises has increased significantly in recent years, however a survey by member BRAC suggests that sectors with a higher share of women-led enterprises have suffered disproportionately during the pandemic.
As market leaders and reigning champions of SME Finance Forum’s Best Bank for Women Entrepreneurs Award
, BRAC Bank
has bundled a range of financial and non-financial products and services to provide sustainable solutions to women-led enterprises. The strategy, organizational priority, product development, careful implementation, and other non-financial aiding tools and initiatives led to significant growth, increased market share and significant impact on W-SMEs. This led to profitability and efficiency for the bank, with low levels of NPL.
During our next session on March 23rd from 8 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. EST, volunteers from BRAC Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs Cell will share practical insights into their impressive programs and metrics for supporting women-led enterprises. They will deep dive into their strategy and approach in sustaining their women’s market leadership and growth in bundling products and services to help women-led enterprises sustain business growth post-pandemic.
• Share strategies and approaches in financial and non-financial services to women-led enterprises.
• Insights on product development, bundling and implementation
• Collection and use of data in strategy development, implementation and monitoring
• Facilitate participants contribution in sharing unique experience and solutions
has been working in BRAC Bank as Head of Women Entrepreneur Cell in SME Banking Division. She has expertise in communication, marketing and SME sector with working experience of 11 years. Previously she was in IPDC Finance, as Business Intelligence Manager and Head of Women Entrepreneur Development Unit in SME Department. Prior to that she had been working in communication and marketing industry. Apart from her professional work, being a believer in communication and entrepreneurship development, she had worked as a trainer and facilitator of different trainings and workshops with various institutions and learning academies. Passionate to be a key role player in development of women entrepreneurs, she has been working under BRAC Bank with a vision to work in the arena of SME and Women Entrepreneurship development and making a mark on exponential growth of women financial inclusion in Bangladesh.
has been working as Head of E-Commerce & ICT Financing, SME Banking at BRAC Bank since 2016. He is a financial services professional working in Bangladesh, a Certified Blockchain Expert from Blockchain Council, USA; Certified Expert in Credit Management (CECM) from BIBM, Dhaka and an MBA from IBA, University of Dhaka. He holds 11 years of professional experiences in commercial banks and non-banking financial institution (NBFI) in Bangladesh majorly in the spheres of relationship banking and credit risk management. Being in banking career, Adnaan has worked in a number of ends like commercial banking, corporate relationship management, trade services, credit risk management, MIS, product development, collection, consumer finance and SME finance. Significant portion of his experience consists of managing medium segment and corporate clientele portfolio and finding avenues for extending lending capabilities of the organization. Functionally, Adnaan serves his clients as a financial solutions provider and render them "hands down" experience through proper banking channels. Adnaan is competent and experienced in underwriting credit proposals, financial forecasting, project viability analysis, debt structuring, facility re-scheduling, repayment monitoring, early alert/warning, rationalized input templates (RIT), Integrated Supervision System (ISS) reporting, loan documentations.”
If interested in participating, please contact Minerva Kotei
for more information.