Women Participation in Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, SME’s in Nigeria has received an inspiring and creative boost from Keystone Bank Limited, as the Bank recently unveiled The Pink Network, an innitiative for women entrepreneurs and professionals to share business ideas and interact.
Speaking during the premiere interactive session held in Lagos recently, The President/ Chairman of Council, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, [CIBN], Otunba [Mrs.] ‘Debola Osibogun said “Keystone Bank Limited has creatively set up this platform to cater for the dreams and aspirations of women SMEs and professional working class women.”
While commending the Bank, the CIBN President also said “This initiative, beyond supporting the Central Bank’s Financial Inclusion Policy, would also solve some of the challenges built around markets and infrastructure that SMEs face”.
In his remark to the gathering of businesswomen and women opinion leadrers, the Managing Director/CEO, Keystone Bank, Mr. Phillip Ikeazor spoke about the possibilities that partneering with Keystone Bank Pink Network offers to include financing of ventures in “agriculture, technology, education, hospitality and tourism, media and entertainment, professional services and advisory. Once it is a Small and Medium Scale venture, the possibilities are endless.
According to Ikeazor, a lot has been written about women, from girls in their teens, to women in middle ages, from student entrepreneurs, to mom entreprenuers, from women who quit their job to start a business, to women who ewre made redundant and so started a business. He added that “i strongly believe that the Pink Network can offer a platform for the success story that every woman entreprenuer needs to make impact to family, friends and community at large. We want that when you when you tell your success story as a creator, a businesswoman, an entreperneur and that it is a PINK story.
The Executive director in charge of Operations and Tecnology, Keystone Bank, Mrs Yvonne Isichie spoke about the motive behind starting the Pink Network: “We were inspired to build this platform for women from our vision of creating utmosty value for our stakeholders and our mission of being the preferred partner.
She said that the features and benefits of the product include “A market hub and online community that provides an avenue for financial, social and inspirational interactios; capacity buildung through partnership with institutons like the Enterprise Development Centre, EDC, and[ Women in Management, Business and Public Service]. WIMBIZ.