KAMPALA – Stanbic Bank Uganda (SBU) has encouraged parents to take advantage of the bank’s new Now-Now loans to get instant cash at a 15.9% low interest rate.
At the beginning of this year, the Ministry of Education announced a phased and tight school reopening schedule with a holiday period of less than two week. The Covid-19 impact on the education sector has also forced schools to demand that children report to term with over 80% fee payment and fulfill the necessary school requirements. This poses financial constraints for working parents with limited or no savings to draw on.
According to Ms Milly Kyolaba, the segment Manager, Business Banking at SBU, the bank’s education offering is aimed at supporting parents burdened with financial constraints and are unable to access their monthly salaries, to return their children back to school in a timely manner.
She explained that due to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, they have revamped all their loans offering to make them inclusive for the different need of parents and schools that are undergoing difficult financial challenges brought by the pandemic to resolve their cash flow needs as well as working capital to facilitate the smooth back-to- school period.
“It is the dream of every parent to have their children report to school on the first day of the term and considering that the back-to-school time is very hectic, we want to encourage parents to avoid the anxieties and instantly access a low interest rate loan of 15.9%. They should use our digital school fees payment channels of SchoolPay, mobile banking and agent banking to deposit school fees without going to the banking halls,” she said.
“Being key players in the education sector, it’s our duty to see parents take children to school on the first day of the term to compensate for the time lost and also ensure schools effectively collect payments to resume full operations, eliminate forgeries, cut wastages and reduce administrative burdens,” she said.
Kyolaba added that the bank is also offering flexible loan repayment plans, spread throughout the year to avoid overstressing the parent’s cash flow. This is because less than 25% of the usual cash flows are expected to return as the education sector returns to normal.
Compared to other East Africa countries, Uganda has the worst savings culture at 12% with Kenya’s savings rate at 23%, Rwanda 18% and Tanzania 13%. This means that the majority of Ugandans cannot quickly mobilize funds to resolve pressing financial needs.