BRAC Bank reaches milestone of serving 1m SME customers

Published : 09 Dec 2022 07:26 PM

BRAC Bank has achieved a milestone of serving 10 lakh SME customers, an unprecedented accomplishment in the industry. In fulfilling the entrepreneurial dreams of the customers, the bank has disbursed SME loans worth BDT 1 lakh crore to grassroots entrepreneurs across Bangladesh in 21 years of its operations. 

The bank organized a celebratory ceremony at its head office on Wednesday where all regional and SME Unit Office’s employees joined virtually. The bank’s Managing Director & CEO Selim R. F. Hussain, DMD & Head of SME Banking Syed Abdul Momen and senior management officials joined the celebration. 

On this achievement, Selim R.F. Hussain said: “The success of BRAC Bank in SME Banking lies in the vision of the bank’s board, especially our founder chairman Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, who envisioned to bring the unbanked ‘missing middle’ through this inclusive banking model. Good governance and a customer-centric business model were key to institutionalizing SME Banking and making it financially viable.

Our vibrant culture within the organization and passionate and dedicated people drive the business to the pinnacle.”

“Following the footsteps of Sir Abed for financial inclusion, we will continue to focus on SME Banking and make the portfolio bigger. In this digital age, we will use technology, adopt innovative ways to achieve more milestones, and break new ground in SME frontiers. ”

As part of the celebration, BRAC Bank is organizing a countrywide roadshow where of all 187 branches and 460 SME unit offices will participate to engage with the customers and express thankfulness to them. 

With the vision to take institutional banking to the ‘unbanked’ small and medium enterprises (SMEs), BRAC Bank pioneered SME Banking in Bangladesh right since its inception in 2001. 

BRAC Bank introduced small-ticket loans to bring grassroots entrepreneurs under the umbrella of formal banking. Today, the bank’s exceptional SME Banking services and products provide access to formal finance to the cottage, micro and small enterprises that were previously left out of the traditional commercial banking system.