United Bank Limited (UBL), one of Pakistan’s leading banks, has joined hands with Careem, a digital based, fast growing, ride-hailing service in the country, to provide vehicle financing to Careem captains under the existing SBP Scheme ‘Prime Minister Youth Business Loan’ (PMYBL). This project has been undertaken to create income generating business activities to support the youth of the country.
Under the agreement, Careem’s captains will be able to acquire a car on easy installments over a period of years. Besides providing asset ownership to the captains, the partnership will also offer them a steady source of income through the Careem platform. Being an affordable and convenient mode of transportation, ride hailing is rapidly growing in Pakistan to meet the demand/supply gaps.
“The market presents an opportunity for digitally enabled organizations such as UBL and Careem to create innovative solutions that offer best value to its drivers and ultimately translates in to convenience for daily commuters across Pakistan. In line with the SBP strategy, we’ll keep focusing on expanding and growing the SME segment while providing innovative digital solutions“, said Sahir Ali, Head Transaction Banking from UBL Bank.
“Careem’s aim is to create 10 million jobs by the end of 2020. This partnerships brings us closer to that mission and helps us to be of service to our community,” said Salahuddin Ghaznavi, Director, Fleet Ventures, Careem. “This initiative will help our captains achieve financial stability and independence. Our goal is to continue to ensure opportunities for the maximum number of people. We are very proud of the car loan scheme and expect to help as many captains as possible.”