Mahila Uddhyamshil Karja
In order to provide the Nepali women a platform to uplift their socio- economic status, the Government of Nepal has been providing collateral free subsidised loan to them since the last few years which is known as Mahila Uddhyamshil Karja (Women entrepreneurship Loan).
What are the eligibility criteria of obtaining the loan ?
The eligibility criterias for applying the loan are as follows :
Must hold a PAN
Not be blacklisted under the Karja Suchana Kendra
Must have completed 18 years or
In the case of a group, there must be a minimum of 5 members from different families and every member should have completed 18 years.
Where can I apply for the loan ?
For this, you can apply to all the 4 classes of the banks i.e. commercial banks, development bank, finance companies & micro-finance institutions.
What is the maximum amount I can apply for the loan ?
At present, it is Rs 15,00,000 (Fifteen lakh only)
What is the maximum period I can apply for the loan ?
At present, it is 5 years only.
What would be the highest interest rate for the loan ?
The interest rate would be as follows:
Base rate of the bank + upto 2% spread
Is there any requirement of furnishing collateral for the loan ?
No, as already said, it is a collateral free loan. However, you have to produce personal guarantee or in case business is run by the group then the collective guarantee is required.
What are the documents required to apply for the loan ?
Following documents are required to apply for the loan:
Loan application form
Brief proposal with respect to the the proposed business & utilisation of the loan
Self declaration of the applicant that she is not blacklisted as per the Karja Suchana Kendra
Documents relating to the the collective guarantee, if applicable
Is this compulsory to cover my business with insurance ?
Yes, You must cover your business with the insurance without any limit.
Can I get an insurance subsidy along with the loan ?
Yes, once you apply for the business insurance under this scheme, you have to pay only 50% of the insurance premium.
What are the areas in which I can utilise the loan ?
The Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) vide its circular no 4/2077-78 dated 13 october 2020 has prescribed the following areas for utilisation of the loan:
For more details, kindly click on the link below and refer to the page number from 34-38.
What if I have utilised the loan other than for the business purpose ?
If it is found during the inspection by the bank that you have utilised the loan amount other than for the business purpose then no further interest subsidy will be provided to you.
Further, you will be liable to pay back all the interest subsidy you have availed previously.
Can the bank deny my loan application ?
Whether to provide the loan or not is a sole discretion of the bank. However, the bank has to inform you in writing within 21 working days of the loan application made about whether to sanction the loan or not.