NeoGrowth Delivers on Key United Nations Social Development Goals (UN SDGs); Creates Measurable Impact on India’s MSMEs

By NewsVoir

NeoGrowth, the MSME-focused digital lender leveraging the digital ecosystem, has successfully delivered on six United Nations Social Development Goals (UN SDGs) in FY 2022-23, with its easy and quick business loans to India’s small businesses.

NeoGrowth Impact Report 2023

Released annually, the 9th edition of the NeoGrowth Impact Report showcases the transformative influence of the Company’s loans on the lives of MSME borrowers, alongside its commitment to sustainable business practices, digital integration, and fostering an inclusive credit ecosystem while maintaining the highest level of governance. The data covered in the report pertains to FY 2022-23.

Key UN SDG Achievements of NeoGrowth

UN SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being

24% loans advanced to businesses that were by women owned MSMEs run by women either as sole proprietors, partners or directors (by value) in FY 2022-23

UN SDG 5: Gender Equality

26% loans disbursed to MSMEs in Tier 2 cities

UN SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth

48% loans disbursed to emerging businesses with vintage less than or equal to 5 years

UN SDG 9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

8% loans advanced to healthcare-focused MSMEs

UN SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

84% of the interviewed MSMEs in the social impact survey were first-generation entrepreneurs

UN SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production

55% MSME borrowers are taking environment friendly initiatives

Achieving UN’s social development goals

NeoGrowth’s approach to lending is centred on creating a positive impact by setting a distinctive standard for financial inclusion in India. Importantly, NeoGrowth’s business activities are aligned to 6 out of 17 United Nations SDGs and it is constantly working towards holistically contributing towards them. NeoGrowth has delievered on key UN SDGs including Good Health and Well-being; Gender Equality; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Decent Work and Economic Growth in terms of value and volume.

The 17 social development goals are the key objectives set by the United Nation in 2015 towards sustainable development, and they were created to serve as a “shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet now and into the future”.

Women-run small and medium enterprise (MSME) customers availed INR 430 crore worth of loans accounting for a significant portion (24%) of overall loans (total disbursals of close to INR 1,900 Cr. in FY 2023) disbursed to MSMEs, according to the NeoGrowth Impact Report 2023. The report stated that more than 2600+ women-owned MSMEs availed business loans in the last fiscal year.

The Company disbursed close to INR 500 Crore to MSMEs in Tier-II cities. Almost 50% of the total loans were advanced to emerging small businesses that have been in operation for less than or equal to 5 years.

Based on an impact survey conducted with over 250 NeoGrowth customers across 7 cities, 84% respondents were self-starters, who were the first in their families to establish a business. The interviewed MSME owners witnessed an 18% increase in female employees post availing a business loan from NeoGrowth. Almost 1/4th of the MSMEs expanded their business with the loan.

“At NeoGrowth, we are not only building a sustainable, inclusive and purposeful ecosystem for MSMEs in India to bridge the credit gap but also achieving six important social development goals set by the United Nations, thereby contributing towards holistic growth. All our customers come with unique business stories, and we are proud to be associated with small business owners from over 75 industry segments. It is our unwavering commitment to empower first-generation entrepreneurs, support women-run businesses, and promote financial inclusion, thereby contributing to a thriving and inclusive economy. MSMEs are driving the growth of India’s economy and will continue to spearhead the realisation of India’s USD 5 trillion economy vision,” said Arun Nayyar, Managing Director & CEO of NeoGrowth.

The loans extended by NeoGrowth also have a snowball effect on MSMEs, which includes job creation, improvement in credit score, female entrepreneurship, and digitalisation of MSMEs, among others.

The Company crossed the INR 2,000 Crore Assets Under Management (AUM) mark as on June 30, 2023, at the end of the first quarter of FY 2023-24. Present in 25+ cities and catering to 75+ MSME industry segments, NeoGrowth has disbursed over USD 1 Billion since its inception.

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About NeoGrowth

NeoGrowth was founded by Dhruv Khaitan and Piyush Khaitan a decade ago. NeoGrowth is a new-age lender, with a focus on Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). It is a Systemically Important, Non-Deposit taking Non- Banking Financial Company (NBFC-ND-SI), offering a wide range of products tailored to the dynamic needs of small businesses. Its data science and technology-led approach enable it to offer quick and hassle-free loans to MSMEs across 70+ segments across 25+ locations in India. NeoGrowth offers a unique daily repayment option to its customers with multi-channel repayment modes. It has served and engaged with 1,50,000+ businesses and supported them with their growth ambitions. It not only helps small businesses grow but also drives financial inclusion making a positive social impact.

Founded by industry veterans, its Board of Directors comprises experts, who guide the leadership team toward its strategic goals. NeoGrowth is also backed by renowned investors, namely Omidyar Network, Lightrock, Khosla Impact, Accion Frontier Inclusion Fund – Quona Capital, 360 One Asset, WestBridge, FMO, and Leapfrog Investments.

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