How To Access CBN Loans For Businesses In Nigeria

 After I shared a post on how to apply for CBN loans for NYSC members through Heritage bank, since then I have been receiving complaints from people that the link is not yet accessible, actually that’s what prompted me to do more research which made me to come up with an alternative, perhaps you’ll find the alternative more convenient. In this article, I’ll be showing you how to access CBN loans for businesses in Nigeria through Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund (MSMEDF) programme.

You can access the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) loans by following the procedures below.

If your business is in any of the following categories, the you can access CBN loans for your business.

Business Categories For CBN loans

  • Agriculture
  • Artisanship
  • Manufacturing
  • Cottage Industries
  • Trade and general Commerce
  • Services
  • Renewable energy/energy efficient products and technologies
  • Other income generating projects as may be prescribed by the CBN

If your business falls within any of the above mentioned categories, then you are good to go.

Step by step process to access CBN loans

1. Prepare your business plan or statement on how much you want for your business. You can get loan of up to;

  • N500,000 for micro-business, and
  • N50 million for Small & Medium Enterprise

2. Go to your bank or any of the following financial Institutions with your business plan or statement;

  • Commercial Banks
  • Microfinance Banks
  • Cooperatives
  • NGO-Microfinance Institutions
  • Finance Companies
  • Development Finance Institutions, i.e. Bank of Industry and Bank of Agriculture

3. Submit your business plan to your bank

4. Your bank will process your request and provide you the money

5. Your bank will guide you on other requirements.

6. The maximum interest rate of 9% per year is applicable to all loans

7. Period for the repayment of the loan are as follows:

  • For micro business, it is a maximum of 1- year
  • For small and medium enterprises, it is a maximum of 3-year

Important things to note:

  • 60% of the fund is reserved for enterprises owned by women
  • 2% for persons living with disability, and
  • 10% for start-up businesses.

Note: There have been reports of some bank branches claiming ignorance of the loans. In that is the case or of you need additional information, kindly e-mail or call call CBN at
[email protected]
09-46238600, 09-46238608 or 07080650000 or 07080651392

Disclaimer: We at have nothing to do with this loan. Our own is to dispense information. We advise you to always go to your bank for any loan application, and do not pay anybody during application processes.

Updated: July 1, 2019 — 7:29 am

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Humphery is a renowned Nigerian Webmaster. He graduated from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. He served Nigeria in 2016 as an NYSC member, and has remained the NYSC info ambassador since 2017.

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