Jaiz Bank, SMEDAN Matching Fund Portal Opens
Jaiz Bank, SMEDAN Matching Fund Portal Opens

As a concept, pioneered in Nigeria by Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), fund matching has since been embraced by most financial institutions for making credit/financing available to micro and small enterprises (MSEs).

The strategy requires the fund matching partners (often a Financial Institution and an MSME-promoting institution/ Government) to share the risks of making funds available to target MSEs – usually at concessionary rates over the medium-term (tenor).

Consequently, desirous of building synergy on this very important aspect of their respective mandate SMEDAN and Jaiz Bank Plc hereby announce the commencement of the JAIZ/SMEDAN MATCHING FUND PROGRAMME FOR MICRO AND SMALL ENTERPRISES.

This intervention is to deliver credit, to the sub-sector, as a promotional mechanism to enhance enterprise output, competitiveness and job creation. The disbursing entity, under the programme, shall be Jaiz Bank.

The here-under definitions, terms and conditions shall apply under the Programme, viz

  • Target Beneficiaries Definition: Target beneficiaries for this
    Programme shall be labour-intensive, micro or small enterprises
    (MSEs), operating in the real sector. These shall ideally be innovative
    value-added, agri-business products that are establishing a footprint in
    the Nigerian market, and require additional funds to increase output.
    Qualified enterprises shall also be utilizing local raw materials (at least
    65%); are regulatory-compliant and capable of generating employment
    for at least 2 – 5 additional persons as a result of the facility obtained.
    Finally, in line with current emphasis for back-to-back value-chain
    financing, agri-business on-farm/ware-housing enterprises shall also
    be considered.


  • Financing available under the programme: Prospective
    beneficiaries may apply for financing within the range of N2 million
    – N5 million, with enterprise modernization and/or expansion as the


  • Conditions/Terms applicable: The mark up/profit rate applicable on
    all financing, under this programme, shall not exceed single-digit per
    annum. The financing tenor is for a maximum period of 30 months,
    effective from the date of the first disbursement. This is inclusive of
    moratorium (which may vary between 3 – 6 months, depending on the
    type of enterprise). Beneficiaries must complete a finance application
    form, sign all necessary documents with Jaiz Bank Plc, and shall also
    bear cost of all approved charges (i.e. Application fee of N5,000.00
    and N5,000.00 for cost of conducting credit search on beneficiaries
    on at least two (2) Credit Bureau sites for processing facilities which is
    in line with the CBN regulatory provisions and RTGS transfer charges.
    These total N10,000.00 for both fees). The mandatory Agricultural
    Insurance cover by NAIC and also the key man Takaful insurance
    by a reputable Takaful company applies to all beneficiaries over the
    project life.


  • Applicable Security: In line with the conditions/provisions of this
    the programme, processing of this facility will require fulfilment and
    provision of the following:
    a. Provide Bank Verification Number (BVN).
    b. Execute Global Standing Instruction (GSI) order.
    c. NIRSAL Credit Guaranty Cover.
    d. A moveable asset to be registered under the National Collateral
    Registry (NCR), in line with CBN policy for facility/financing above
    e. Key man risk Takaful insurance cover.


To facilitate inclusiveness and transparency, under the programme, the hereunder are the approved, step-wise, implementation modalities for all applicants.

i. Portal Opening: This shall be done via a public notice placed in selected national dallies to invite all suitably qualified MSEs to apply by clicking the icon jaizbank/smedanmatchingfundprogramme on the SMEDAN website ( Once migrated to the smecredits portal, pre-qualification of applicants shall commence.

ii. Pre-qualification of Applicants: This takes the form of soliciting binary (i.e. Yes/No) responses to a number of fields to confirm the applicant’s suitability for the facility. Disqualified applicants cannot
proceed beyond this stage.

iii. Business Plans Submission: To continue, pre-qualified applicants shall be required to pay a processing fee of ten thousand (N10,000.00) naira for the Business Plan template on the platform (Note that a separate training fee is not required). Also, note that a number of Business Plan slots shall be allocated to each participating state. Consequently, entries for such a state shall cease when the required number is met.

iv. Business Plans Evaluation It shall be the responsibility of SMEDAN, using in-house approved criteria, to shortlist business plans for field validation. Such criteria shall include the following, bankability of business plans; equitable distribution of prospective beneficiaries; gender balance.

v. Field Validation Visits/Referral to Jaiz Bank: Field visits shall be carried out to all shortlisted MSEs, from the preceding stage. Validated MSEs from this process shall then be referred to Jaiz Bank.

vi. Due Process/Confirmation of Final Beneficiaries: This shall be based on Jaiz Bank Plc Financing Risk Assets Acceptance Criteria  (RAAC), as suitably modified for this programme. Jaiz Bank Plc shall
thereafter inform all successful applicants, with guidance on the next steps.

vii. Refresher Training of Selected Beneficiaries: All selected beneficiaries shall receive refresher entrepreneurship training, at no extra cost, by SMEDAN, as a condition to draw-down.

viii. Opening of Bank Accounts: All successful applicants shall open (and operate) accounts with the Jaiz Bank Plc branch nearest their project location. The required 10% lien deposit shall thereafter be paid into their accounts by SMEDAN, prior to draw-down.

ix. Financing Disbursement/On-field Repayment and Advisory Services: Finance disbursement shall be by Jaiz Bank Plc in line with its non-interest model of financing, and shall also commence recovery
at the end of the advised moratorium. SMEDAN, on its part, shall carry out quarterly advisory visits to beneficiaries, during this period. Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN),

No 35, Port Harcourt Crescent, Off
Gimbiya Str., Area 11, Garki, Abuja
Jaiz Bank Plc,
Kano House,Ralph Shodeinde Str.
CBD, Abuja.

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: The joint programme partners – Jaiz Bank Plc and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) – hereby invite applications from all suitably-qualified micro and small enterprises (MSEs) located in Nasarawa, Niger, Gombe and the Jigawa States. It should be clearly understood that programme particulars set out in paragraphs 1 – 3, above, form the basis for consideration of financing requests under this programme. Applications from qualified micro and small enterprises for facilities under this programme shall be received over a period of six (6) weeks or when the allocated quota of business plans per participating state is exhausted (whichever comes first).