Rs. 1 Bn worth of Micro Leases disbursed by HNB to 400+ Agri MSMEs

Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank HNB PLC, disbursed over Rs. 1 billion to entrepreneurs in
the agricultural sector through its recently launched Micro Leasing facility, offering Micro, Medium
and Small Enterprises (MSMEs) a myriad of benefits and opportunities.
Working in line with Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) directives to support and strengthen Sri
Lanka’s agriculture sector, HNB’s micro leases will be utilized to enhance the capabilities of over 400
agricultural entrepreneurs across the island.
A collaborative effort by the bank’s Leasing and Micro Finance arms, the facility offers customers a
full suite of services, including access to great deals and benefits from HNB’s extensive merchant
partner network.
“The Agriculture sector was one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of revenue
generation. Given its immense potential to contribute to a vibrant export economy, it is vital that we
increase the sector’s productivity and earning potential through modernisation and mechanisation.
“We have experienced first-hand the remarkable appetite for these technologies at the grassroots,
and we are proud to able to support farmers in their essential contributions towards rejuvenating
Sri Lanka’s agricultural sector,” HNB Deputy General Manager – Retail and SME Banking Sanjay
Wijemanne said.
The Leasing and Micro Finance arms of the bank collaborated in ensuring HNB’s microfinance
officers were fully aware of the facilities and partnerships of the bank in the agricultural sector.
Commencing with email campaigns, the departments organised awareness programmes with the
participation of leading merchant partners. While the programmes were interrupted by the current
pandemic situation, the bank aims to resume the campaign as soon as possible.
“Given our strong relationship with the agricultural sector, we understand not only their needs but
the ideal time for their needs. Our microfinance officers have always been at the forefront of guiding
and helping entrepreneurs in the sector to develop further. We are delighted with the progress they
have made in this instance.
“The collaborative efforts of HNB’s Leasing and Micro Finance Departments of the bank has ensured
the success of this product, and we are delighted at how well our customers in the agricultural
sector has received it,” HNB Head of Leasing, Niluka Amarasinghe said.

Through its microfinance officers stationed across the country’s grassroots, HNB has facilitated
growth in the sector through its Gami Pubuduwa initiative. The bank will lend the same support for
its leasing customers by organising curated sessions to enhance value chain development and
capacity building skills in collaboration with skills development organisations. Additionally, customers
can use the bank’s flexible payment schemes, customised to their repayment capabilities.
Notably, the bank will onboard all customers using the facility on its digital platforms such as HNB
SOLO, MOMO and Appigo, improving the availability of convenient payment solutions in the sector.
Furthermore, HNB offers a seamless one-day approval process supported by its state of-the-art
backend systems. Customers availing themselves of the facility are entitled to a free life insurance
cover of Rs.4.5 million. The insurance is also anchored to discounted premiums from HNB General
Leasing customers also received the Prestige Prime credit card free of charge. The first year fee
waived off, offering customers access to exclusive discounts on various agricultural products and
With 252 customer centres across the country, HNB is one of Sri Lanka’s largest, most
technologically innovative banks, having won local and global recognition for its efforts to drive
forward a new paradigm in digital banking. Over the recent past, the bank was ranked among the
World Top 1,000 Banks list compiled by the prestigious UK-based Banker Magazine. HNB has a
national rating of AA- (lka) by Fitch Ratings (Lanka) Ltd.
HNB was also declared Best Sub-Custodian Bank in Sri Lanka at the Global Finance Awards 2020, in
addition to winning the coveted Best Retail Bank in Sri Lanka Award for the 11th time at the Asian
Banker Awards 2020, in recognition of its sustainable growth and continuous improvements in
processes, products and services amidst a challenging macroeconomic environment.

HNB officer handing over the micro leasing facility to an agricultural entrepreneur in Pottuvil.

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