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LOLC expands int’l footprint with Zambia debut

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The branch at Lusaka Cairo Road was ceremonially opened by Freda Tamba,Director, Non-Bank Supervision, Bank of Zambia. SUPPLIED/THE ISLAND

LOLC expands int’l footprint with Zambia debut

Sri Lanka’s LOLC Group began its operations in Zambia recently with the official launch of its inaugural branch in Lusaka.

The company, which will operate as LOLC Finance Zambia Ltd, is a deposit-taking, non-banking financial institution and will provide finance products such as home loans, motor vehicle finance, business loans, and consumer loans, among other products, thus helping to narrow the access to financial services gap in Zambia.

The branch at Lusaka Cairo Road was ceremonially opened by Freda Tamba, Director, Non-Bank Supervision, Bank of Zambia. Plans are also underway to open branches in the Copperbelt region and northwestern provinces of Zambia in the near future.

LOLC Zambia is LOLC’s ninth overseas finance operation. LOLC has already launched operations in Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines and Nigeria.

LOLC reigns as Sri Lanka’s most profitable listed entity for two consecutive years, emerging as a “Sri Lankan global player” in a short span of time.

With its financial strength and the perfected microfinance business model in the region, the Group is well-positioned to expand its operations beyond Asia, serving a large Bottom of the Pyramid population.

LOLC, which is looking at establishing its breakthrough impact finance lending model across Africa, replicating its success in Asia, made its debut to Africa last year by acquiring a microfinance bank in Nigeria and by starting LOLC Finance Zambia as a green field project.

Today, with promising strategic investments, LOLC looks to increase its presence throughout the African region in the years to come.

LOLC group managing director and CEO Kapila Jayawardena said: “Zambia is a very important market to us as it is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. There is enormous opportunity and potential for micro-entrepreneurs to expand their businesses and for enhanced economic development.

“As the only Sri Lankan financial institution operating in this market, we hope to export our Global expertise to Zambia as done in all other nations we are present in, to benefit mainly the MSME [micro, small and medium-sized enterprise] segment to uplift their lives through responsible lending.

“We hope to use our technological innovations to effectively penetrate the Zambian market”.

Excelling on a national level, LOLC has now established itself as a leading microfinance institution in the countries in which it operates.

Today, LOLC has successfully established itself as a strong global financial conglomerate and with this standing, the Group is poised to be a global financial catalyst with a multi-currency, multi-geographic microfinance and small and medium-sized enterprise platform in the future.

THE ISLAND (SRI LANKA)/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

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