Hustler Fund loan limits increased by 100%, CS Chelugui

Cabinet Secretary for Cooperatives and MSME Development, Simon Chelugui, has announced a 100 percent increase in borrowing limits for the Hustler Fund, just two and a half months after it was launched.

The increase in limits will apply only to those who have borrowed and repaid their loans regularly, and the changes will be implemented on a case-by-case basis. The objective of the Hustler Fund is to promote a savings culture and social security to vulnerable members of society.

In a press release seen by NTV digital, Chelugui explained that the increase in limits is based on an individual’s record with the Hustler Fund, and one’s limit will be based on how regularly one borrows and repays their loan facility.

Chelugui said many Kenyans have already seen their limits double following the changes, with those previously getting KES 3,000 now receiving KES 6,000, and those previously getting KES 5,000 now receiving KES 10,000. The highest limits will be nearing KES 50,000 by the middle of the year, which is the maximum for this product.

According to Chelugui, the Hustler Fund is reviewed every four months, and individuals are rated according to their repayment history.

The National Treasury has already disbursed the KES 1.8 billion required to the trust accounts, with wallets held in two banks, KCB Bank and Family Bank. The Hustler Fund has four products, including personal loans, micro-business, SMEs, and start-up loans, targeting various segments of the population.

Chelugui praised the progress made by the Fund so far, with KES 18.5 billion disbursed from some 30 million transactions since its inception. Debt repayment is inching towards KES 10 billion, while savings accounts stand at KES 912 million. The number of Kenyans who have borrowed more than once is 6.1 million.

Indeed, I am proud of the progress we have made so far: we continue to receive very positive feedback from the targeted groups such as fruits and vegetable vendors (Mama Mbogas), jua kali, and boda boda operators,” he said. 

In the coming weeks, President Ruto is expected to launch the Micro Credit, designed for Saccos, start-ups, and groups to borrow on behalf of their members. The Fund will range from KES 250,000 to KES 2.5 million.


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