Head of Agriculture Business at the Co-operative Bank of Kenya, Esther Kariuki, has been named the African Banker of the Year 2023.
In statement, Co-op Bank said Ms Kariuki was recognised for making small-scale farmers bankable by creating an end-to-end credit administration process.
The system ensured a near total loan repayment performance showcasing that smallholders involved in primary production can sustainably run their farming enterprise for decent livelihoods.
She was announced the winner during the annual meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
The Banker of the Year Award was created by AfDB to recognise individuals who have demonstrated outstanding ability to ensure their bank plays an active role in socio-economic development.
The awards committee also lauded Kariuki for the rollout of a digital marketplace known as Co-op Bank Soko.