Prime Minister’s ‘Small Business Loans Scheme’, for young entrepreneurs, with an allocated budget of Rs. 5.0 Billion for the year 2013-14, is designed to provide subsidised financing at 8% mark-up per annum for one hundred thousand (100,000) beneficiaries, through designated financial institutions, initially through National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and First Women Bank Ltd. (FWBL).
Small business loans with tenure up to 7 years, and a debt : equity of 90 : 10 will be disbursed to SME beneficiaries across Pakistan, covering; Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwah, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
SMEDA has been tasked with an advisory role in the implementation of PM’s scheme by providing fifty three (53) updated pre-feasibilities for referencing by SME beneficiaries and participating banks to optimally utilize their financial resources.
Guidelines for Prospective Loan Applicants
SMEDA has taken the initiative of developing pre-feasibility studies in fifteen sectors, and as per directions of the Prime Minister, has made them available to new start–up SMEs, through the SMEDA website, for the promotion of an entrepreneurial culture in Pakistan. To date, our website has recorded more than 250,000 downloads of the published pre-feasibility reports.
These prefeasibility studies provide a general understanding of the proposed business, and are structured like a business plan. However, to assist the prospective entrepreneurs / loan applicants, SMEDA will provide a template for business plan preparation and requisite guidelines for the loan applicants.