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Small Microfinance Loans

Information verified correct on April 30th, 2017

Borrow up to $20,000 to start your own business with an unsecured business loan from the NAB Microenterprise Program.

When you’re dreaming of starting your own business, it can sometimes be difficult to find a lender willing to give you the financing you need to turn your dream into a reality. To help struggling startups access the funds they need, NAB’s Microenterprise Program provides unsecured business loans of between $500 and $20,000 to low-income earners.

What is a microfinance business loan?

A microfinance business loan is a small loan of between $500 and $20,000 that is paid to low-income earners to help them start a new business. The loan funds can be accessed via credit card and you have a 90-day interest-free period to help you get on top of your repayments. Featuring a fixed interest rate of 9.99% p.a., the loan can be repaid over a period of up to three years.

Is my business eligible for a microfinance business loan?

To qualify for the NAB Microenterprise Program you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be an Australian citizen or a permanent Australian resident.
  • Want to borrow between $500 and $20,000 and not be eligible for a mainstream business loan.
  • Not have been declared bankrupt in the past seven years.
  • Have no overdue debts.
  • Work with one of NAB’s partner organisations to submit your application. These partners are experts in small business management and developing business plans and you can find a list of organisations on the NAB website.

If your application is successful, you must continue to work with the partner organisation for a minimum of 12 months after your loan is approved.

What are the features of a microfinance business loan?

The microfinance business loans offered under the NAB Microenterprise Program provide a wide range of useful features, including:

  • Loan amount of between $500 and $20,000. Get up to $20,000 of funding to help get your business off the ground.
  • Access to your funds via credit card. The loan funds can be accessed via a NAB Microenterprise Program credit card.
  • Access to expert advice. Approved loan applicants will receive ongoing training, support and advice from a partner organisation that specialises in small business management.
  • 90-day interest-free period. A 90-day interest-free period applies to allow you to get on top of your repayments. You must also spend the loan funds within this 90-day period.
  • Fixed interest rate of 9.99% p.a. This competitive fixed rate allows you to enjoy the security of consistent repayment amounts.
  • No fees. There are no ongoing fees attached to the loan.
  • Loan term of up to three years. You have up to three years to repay the funds you borrow.

How much does a microfinance business loan cost?

There are no ongoing fees or charges attached to NAB Microenterprise Program business loan. The only cost you will need to worry about is the 9.99% p.a. fixed interest rate that applies to the funds you borrow.

What are the alternatives to a microfinance business loan and how do they compare?

Rates last updated April 30th, 2017
Min Loan Amount Max. Loan Amount Loan Term Application Fee
NAB QuickBiz Loan
An unsecured business loan from $5,000 that can be processed in 1 business day.
$5,000 $50,000 1 to 2 years $0 Go to site More
Prospa Business Loan
Apply for a business loan from $5,000 and enjoy a shorter loan term up to 12 months.
$5,000 $250,000 0.25 to 1 years $0 Go to site More
Bigstone Small Business Loan
Take advantage of a tailored rate and competitive financing from Bigstone’s business loans marketplace
$10,000 $250,000 2 years $0 until funding Go to site More
OnDeck Business Loans
Apply online for up to $150,000 with OnDeck and receive approved funds in one business day.
$10,000 $150,000 0.5 to 2 years $0 (2.5% origination fee) Go to site More
Moula Business Loan
Small business loans of up $250,000 approved and funded within 24 hours. Transparent fees and rates.
$5,000 $250,000 0.5 to 1 years $0 Go to site More

How do I apply for a microfinance business loan?

If you meet the eligibility criteria and you’d like to apply for the NAB Microenterprise Program, you’ll need to follow a few simple steps:

1. Choose a partner organisation from the list of approved organisations and work with them to prepare your loan application. The organisation will check that your business plan and financial details are adequate.

2. Collect and complete and the following required documents and send them to NAB:

  • An application form
  • A business plan
  • Two years of projected financials
  • A letter of support from your partner organisation
  • Documents confirming your personal income and expenditure
  • Bank statements from the past six months for any non-NAB business and personal accounts
  • A copy of your most recent personal tax return
  • If trading as a business, you will need to supply additional information such as your ABN, financial information and tax returns

3. Attend an interview with a NAB Business Manager. He or she will ask about your business, assess the strength of your application and check your repayment capacity.

4. If your application is successful, a NAB Microenterprise Program credit card will be mailed to you.

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