India: PNB Housing to Lend to Women, Self-employed

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Sep 2014
India, September, 18 2014 - According to India’s Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-2017), the housing shortage in the country is estimated at 58.8 million units. Over 90 per cent of this demand is from low-income households.

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is lending $50 million to PNB Housing Finance to support increased access for affordable housing finance, particularly among women and self-employed people, in India. IFC also helped mobilise a further $50 million to PNB Housing Finance from other investors.

”Of the $100 million, nearly 35 per cent will be used to provide home loans to women, either as principal or co-borrowers. Another 35 per cent will help PNB Housing enhance its presence and focus in emerging cities in the priority states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh. IFC will also support the company in its proposed entry into green mortgages for energy-efficient housing,” IFC said in a statement.

“IFC’s financing and global expertise will help expand housing finance beyond metros,” said Sanjaya Gupta, Managing Director, PNB Housing. “It will also encourage other housing finance companies to enter the affordable housing segment.” 

The housing finance market in India has a huge gap to fill. According to India’s Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-2017), the housing shortage in the country is estimated at 58.8 million units. Over 90 per cent of this demand is from low-income households. In India, IFC has a committed portfolio of about $200 million in housing finance, the IFC statement said. 

“Given the strong development impact of affordable housing in India, IFC’s investment will reinforce the viability of housing finance for low and middle-income households,” said Giriraj S. Jadeja, Regional Head for Asia, Financial Institutions Group, IFC. “Additionally, support to affordable housing will spur construction activity, create jobs, and contribute to economic growth.”

PNB Housing, a subsidiary of Punjab National Bank, offers home loans, loan against property, lease rental discounting, and construction finance. As of March 31, 2014, the company had 32 branches across India.



 

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