A total of 1,960 business vendors whose businesses were destroyed in blazes set by anti-government protesters more than a week ago have received combined loans totalling Bt1.29 billion from the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Bank of Thailand (SME Bank).

The loans were granted to vendors under the ‘smePower for a New Better Day’ sponsored by the bank between May 26-29, said Soros Sakornvisava, managing director of SME Bank.

Under a programme to enable entrepreneurs whose businesses were destroyed in the May 19 fires in the wake of the government’s security operation against anti-government protesters to carry on with their businesses, SME Bank has set aside Bt5 billion to assist small vendors. No interest will be charged in the first year, but it will be 3 per cent the following year.

via SME Bank approves loans to 1,960 riot victims; Approval of new foreign firms down in May.

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