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Bank of Baroda, U GRO Capital launch co-lending platform 'Pratham'

PTI New Delhi | Updated on July 21, 2021

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"Pratham will allow MSMEs to avail customised lending solutions at a competitive rate of interest

Bank of Baroda and fintech platform U GRO Capital have launched a co-lending platform Pratham, under which ₹1,000 crore loan will be disbursed to the MSME sector in the country.

Commencements of loan disbursements under Pratham mark the 114th Foundation Day of Bank of Baroda, U GRO Capital -- tech-focussed small business lending platform -- said in a release on Wednesday.

"Pratham, a ₹1,000 crore co-lending programme, will allow the MSMEs to avail customised lending solutions at a competitive rate of interest with a significant reduction in turn-around time, it said.

The loan amount ranges from ₹50 lakh to ₹2.5 crore to be offered at an interest rate starting from 8 per cent with a maximum tenure of 120 months, it said.

"We believe that forging such partnerships is the way forward and collaborative efforts leveraging individual entities' expertise are of utmost importance to take co-lending to MSME segment to the next level. This is a significant advancement in the same direction," said Vikramaditya Singh Khichi, Executive Director, Bank of Baroda.

Support to MSMEs

The co-lending programme resonates with the bank's intent to extend support to more micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), he said.

The partnership with Bank of Baroda will enable the company to support more MSMEs in the remotest locations, and to help them revive and grow, Shachindra Nath, Executive Chairman and Managing Director, U GRO Capital, said.

With technology and sectoral expertise, U GRO Capital will solve the unsolved credit needs of such small businesses, he said.

Pratham requires minimum documentation for loan, said the company.

Company's proprietary developed platform GRO-Xstream allows faster turnaround time, with an in-principle approval issued within 60 minutes, U GRO Capital said.

Published on July 21, 2021

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