- Youth entrepreneurship and Scholarship programme to target children homes nationally
- Real People injects Kshs 5 million to kick start the youth entrepreneurship and Scholarship programme
Nairobi, November 17th, 2015: Credit-only micro-finance institution, Real People has today in partnership with the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) launched a youth entrepreneurship programme and Scholarship targeting the vulnerable from children homes.
Dubbed ‘Guardian Scholarship Programme’, the programme which will be administered by KIM and funded by both the Institute and Real People Limited will target needy children, especially those currently enrolled at various children’s homes with the ultimate goal of – provision of Diploma courses, a move that is expected to increase access to education especially to children above the age of 18 years who would have otherwise been left to fend for themselves.
Launching the programme, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi noted: “As a Ministry, we are indeed happy to see contribution by the private sector towards the education sector. The importance of education cannot be over-emphasized. At the individual level, education offers the learners an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that are critical to ensuring that people are able to participate competitively in all sectors of life.”
According to UNICEF statistics, more than half of newly released orphans after the age of 18 years are recruited to a life of crime or prostitution or life in the streets while 30 per cent become addicted to alcohol and other drugs during their first year of living independently exposing them to risks of STI’s and AIDS epidemic coupled with early pregnancies.
“This is a significant milestone in the growth and development of our educational sector in the country. We have so far made a commitment of Kshs 5 million that will go towards kicking off the programme with 33 orphaned children and with KIM’s educational infrastructure, our young ones will get enrolled for a Diploma in Management so as to start businesses and grow our economy,” noted Daniel Ohonde, Chief Executive Officer, Real People East Africa.
He added: “The programme is open for all children homes in the country and will have periodic intakes level so as to enable all children have better access to education so as to improve their economic livelihoods.”
On his part, Kenya Institute of Management, Managing Director, Dr. David Muturi noted, “We are delighted to be partnering with like-minded organization that equally appreciates that children should get access to basic education so as to reduce the numbers of orphaned children in the streets. We have previously sponsored other leadership programmes and so with this scholarship programme, we will be consolidating all these efforts for maximum benefits.”
UNICEF reports further cites that many of these children move in with relatives after the deaths of their parents, are often put to work, denied the opportunity to attend school, and suffer physical abuse. Many run away or are forced out of the house. These children turn to the street or an orphanage for refuge.
About Real People Kenya Limited
Real People is a credit – only MFI partnering with upper-end micro-enterprises and Small & Medium Enterprises through their growth and development journey. The organization shares its financial expertise to improve lives through responsible lending. It positions itself as a platform for business growth through long-term sustainability and improvement through wealth creation and is currently the largest non-bank MFI in Kenya.
About Kenya Institute of Management
KIM is a professional body and a management trainer with 22 branches countrywide. Over and above its membership and training mandate, KIM has been undertaking various programs to build tomorrow’s leaders as a way of giving back to society. The Institute has made a commitment to train two leaders in each of the 47 county governments as a way of enhancing effective devolved governance. This program, which started this year, will run for two years and it is worth KES. 10M. Further, the Institute has been running the Prefects Leadership Program in high schools for the last five years with an aim of building the next generation of leaders. A total of 700 prefects have been trained on effective leadership skills countrywide. We intend to consolidate these efforts under the Guardian Scholarship Program, seek partners and enhance our reach to the vulnerable in our society.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Elisha Kamau | Hill+Knowlton Strategies | Elisha.Kamau@hkstrategies.co.ke
Brenda Jemutai | Real People Kenya Limited | firstname.lastname@example.org
Miriam Chege |The Kenya Institute of Management |email@example.com
Nairobi, August 19th, 2015 – Real People’s Kshs. 1.63 billion bond has today started trading at the Nairobi bourse with the proceeds expected to further boost the company’s lending capacity. The medium term note that was launched in early August 2015 targeting retail, high net worth individuals and institutional investors saw investors take up Kshs 1,363,900,000 in 5 year Fixed Rate Notes and Kshs 270,300,000 in 3 year Fixed Rate Notes .
The first tranche under the Kshs 5 billion programme was offered in 3 year and 5 year Fixed Rate Note as per the Information Memorandum approved by the Capital Markets Authority (CMA).
“This is a significant milestone as a financial institution. We are happy to be the first credit only financial institution to have successfully gone through the entire bond process and have the Notes listed at the Nairobi Securities Exchange,” noted Daniel Ohonde, Chief Executive Officer, Real People East Africa.
He added: “At this stage, we continue to grow and play a big role in the financial sector. We wish to thank CMA, Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) and our transactional advisors – NIC Capital for their support throughout the process.”
Speaking at the Ceremony, NSE Chief Executive Mr. Geoffrey Odundo congratulated Real People saying that “The high uptake of the Real People Bond from local investors is testament of Kenyans’ confidence in the Real People growth strategy and a clear indication of Kenyan companies great confidence in the fund raising opportunities that our Capital Markets have to offer.We at the Exchange applaud Real People Kenya Limited on the successful listing of their Bond”.
Mr. Odundo further elaborated that listing on the bourse enables an institution to improve their liquidity, unlock their value, enhance their company profile, raise their governance standards while maximizing value for their shareholders. He urged corporates to look no further than the Exchange, as they seek to raise capital to fund their various initiatives.
The bond process was led by NIC Capital as the transaction advisors, PKF, the reporting accountants, Coulson Harney, as the legal advisors, NIC Bank as the registrar and the receiving bank.
About Real People Kenya Limited
Real People is a non-deposit taking financial solutions provider for businesses and homes. At Real People, we target the mass market with a particular interest in the Small and Medium Enterprises sector in South Africa and East Africa (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania). We started operations in Kenya in 2006 and has over the years expanded to cover other regional countries like Uganda and Tanzania. From its head office in Nairobi, the company serves these markets through a network of branches and satellite offices in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Currently, we have 10 main branches and seven satellite offices in Kenya, three branches in Uganda and two branches in Tanzania. Our East Africa operations are built on a focused portfolio of businesses. Our services are anchored on the provision of responsible finance solutions to individuals and businesses through tailored products such as Business Finance Loan, Asset Finance Loans, Home Construction Loans and Home Improvement Loans.
About The Nairobi Securities Exchange
The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) is the principal securities exchange of Kenya. Besides equity securities, the NSE offers a platform for the issuance and trading of debt securities. The NSE is a member of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) and the East African Securities Exchanges Association (EASEA). It is an affiliate member of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE),an associate member of the Association of Futures Markets (AFM) and a partner Exchange in the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative (SSE).
The bond is expected to inject more capital to the lender for growth through onward lending.
Nairobi, Kenya 1st July, 2015…………..Real People Kenya Ltd has received approval from the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) to issue upto Kshs. 5 billion in the Kenyan market, through a medium term note program. In a letter addressed to Real People, CMA also granted the lender approval to list the notes on the Fixed Income Securities Investment Segment of the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
Real People operates as a credit only Micro Finance Institution (MFI) and intends to use the proceeds raised from the bond to fund it’s core lending business in the market. Speaking in his office, Mr. Daniel Ohonde the CEO for Real People in East Africa said that the debt issue will be in two to three tranches of Kshs. 2 billion, KES 1.5 billion and Kshs. 1.5 billion over the next 5 years. He added that “The approval by Capital Markets Authority allows us to raise the first tranche of Kshs. 2 billion.”
NIC Capital Limited is the Lead Arranger for the transaction while Coulson Harney Advocates are the Legal Advisers. According to NIC Capital MD, Maurice Opiyo, the bond provides the company an opportunity to tap the favorable conditions prevailing in the debt market to raise additional capital as it pursues its strategic objectives.
“Investor appetite for debt securities has been positive going by the success of recent bond issues,” said Opiyo. The minimum lot investors can apply for the bond is Kshs.100, 000.
Real People which is currently the largest credit-only MFI in Kenya – holding the largest loan book amongst its peers – has over its six years of existence lent over Kshs. 10 billion to over 25,000 SME’s. The company becomes the first credit-only MFI in Kenya to issue a public bond.
The company has a wide geographic footprint of seventeen outlets across the major towns in Kenya.
ABOUT REAL PEOPLE
Real People is a credit – only MFI partnering with upper-end micro-enterprise and SME’s through their growth and development journey.
The organization shares its financial expertise to improve lives through responsible lending. It positions itself as a platform for business growth through sustainability and improvement. In order to achieve financial wellness it applies a unique value system dubbed SCRIPT (Self-Improvement, Customer-Centricity, Innovation, Partnership and Teamwork).
Real People currently has a loan book of Kshs. 2.5 billion and expects to grow it by 60% in this financial year.