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Grants & Resources for Women Owned Businesses in India

  By : , New Delhi, India       19.2.2018         Phone:9716171569          Mail Now

When it comes to getting the best business loan for women, there are several options available nowadays. There are several attractive loan for woman owned businesses along with other small business loans for women that one can consider. However, prior to choosing the right business loan, women should always check the business loan interest rates offered by various financial institutions in order to get the best possible deals for themselves. A low and competitive rate of interest will directly equate to lower EMI repayments every month which will help any woman entrepreneur immensely without a doubt. There are several other resources that women can tap into for boosting/setting up their businesses:

● Cent Kalyani Scheme: This scheme offers funds for starting new business ventures. The loan is offered to experienced/new self-employed women or businesswomen along with professionals. This covers sectors like cottage/village industries and agriculture as well.

● Stree Shakti: This scheme is available for those women entrepreneurs who own 50% in any small business. The eligibility here is that the state agency will organize the EDP (Entrepreneurship Development Programmes) which the women applicants will have to complete. There will be all assistance given to female entrepreneurs along with concessions of 0.05% on interest for loans exceeding Rs. 2 lakhs.

● Dena Shakti Scheme: This scheme offers 0.25% concessions on interest rates to female entrepreneurs working in sectors like agriculture, manufacturing, retail or micro-credit.

● Annapurna Scheme: Under the Annapurna Scheme, female entrepreneurs should have partnership firms or their individual businesses. They have to own food/catering units and the maximum loan amount is Rs. 50, 000. This loan comes with a tenor of up to 36 months. The sanctioned amount can be used to buy kitchen equipment, water filters and other utensils. However, guarantors are required for the loan and collateral is also required.

● Udyogini Scheme: Under this scheme, female entrepreneurs can get loans at competitive interest rates and with flexible terms and conditions while working in small scale industries. This applies to women in retail, self-employed entrepreneurs and traders.

● Mahila Udyam Nidhi Scheme: This scheme offers financial assistance of up to Rs. 10 lakh for women entrepreneurs for establishing their small scale ventures.

● Mahila Udyam Nidhi Scheme: This scheme offers soft loans to women entrepreneurs that can be paid back over a period of 10 years. There are several plans pertaining to establishing day care centres, beauty parlors, two wheelers/car/auto rickshaw purchases and so on. The maximum amount sanctioned is Rs. 10 lakhs under this scheme.

● Mudra Yojana Scheme for Women: This scheme will help female entrepreneurs desirous of establishing tailoring units, beauty parlors, tuition centres and other centres. This scheme is available for a group of women willing to start a venture together. No collateral is required under this scheme and loan amounts range between Rs. 50, 000 and Rs. 10 lakhs depending on the scheme availed. There are three schemes, namely Kishor, Shishu and Tarun. In case the loan is approved, Mudra cards are given which function just like credit cards and the funds are restricted to 10% of the loan amount that is granted for you.

● Orient Mahila Vikas Yojana Scheme: This scheme is available for female entrepreneurs who have a share of 51% either jointly/individually in proprietary concerns. There is zero collateral needed for loans between Rs. 10-25 lakhs for small-scale industries. The repayment period is 7 years and interest concessions of up to 2% is provided.

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