By Gladys Nweke
Polaris Bank has dedicated a special account known as Polaris Pearl Account to equip women entrepreneurs with the requisite knowledge, skills, and support to run their businesses profitably.
The bank announced that following from its interaction with women across the country, it has discovered that most of them are unable to access finance to either stabilize or scale their businesses mainly because of a lack of awareness on how to leverage bank funding to drive and sustain profit.
It noted that this finding is contrary to the popularly, but erroneously, held view that unavailability of finance is the main challenge facing the average business woman.
Speaking on the benefits of the Polaris Pearl Account, the bank’s Group Head, Products and Market Development, Mrs. Adebimpe Ihekuna, explained that lack of proper guidance on access to opportunities is also a major hindrance to women in their entrepreneurial ventures.
We have carefully designed Polaris Pearl Account for women or groups of women entrepreneurs who initiate, organize, and operate a business enterprise to fulfill an existing need for the purpose of making profit.
She said that with Polaris Pearl, Women Entrepreneurs do not only have access to collateral-free loans but are also regularly supported in understanding vital aspects of business development such as business training, business tips and positioning for new opportunities. We also support them with requisite skills on emerging local and global trends that may impact their businesses.
She said that many women entrepreneurs who have embraced the Polaris Pearl product have so far enjoyed numerous incentives such as business name registration, health check, business plan development, and a host of other value-adding benefits.
On the value proposition of the Polaris Pearl, the Bank’s Acting Managing Director/CEO, Innocent Ike, said that Polaris Bank is a member of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and hence a critical stakeholder in the global conversation about gender inclusion and women empowerment especially in enhancing their access to finance and business opportunities.
He explained that the empowerment of Nigerian women constitutes one of the six pillars of Polaris Bank’s corporate citizenship and Sustainability focus.
The bank gave details of how to open such a dedicated account.