Visitors in for a treat at the Harare Agricultural Show NMB stand


Visitors to the NMB Bank stand at the Harare Agricultural Show are in for a treat. They will have an opportunity to open an NMBlite account, see demonstrations of the bank’s mobile app and win prizes.

Staff reporter


The first 20 visitors each day to the stand, which is in the Nelson Mandela Hall, will receive gifts that range from caps and t-shirts to pens and tote bags.

The bank will have a quiz broadcast live from the stand on Star FM every day.

Visitors to the stand, only need to deposit $5 to open an NMBlite account and could win $100 by doing so. Five $100 prizes will be given away each day of the show in draws in which those who open the account either at the stand or an NMB branch during the show period will be entered.

NMBlite is an ideal account for anyone who wants to enjoy, with no monthly bank charge and minimal transaction charges, banking services that include debit card, mobile and internet banking transactions.

All that is required to open the account is two passport-sized photographs, proof of identification (national ID, passport or driver’s licence), proof of residence and an initial deposit of $5.

Photographs can be taken at the stand for those wishing to open an NMBlite account there. If they do not have proof of residence with them, they can arrange to produce it later.

The Zimswitch-enabled Access debit card that goes with the account can be used to withdraw money from an automated teller machine (ATM) or to pay for goods and services at point-of-sale terminals in supermarkets and other retail outlets.

NMBlite account holders can apply for Visa cards, which can be used to draw money internationally and locally, as well as make online payments for goods and services across the world. They also have full access to NMB’s mobile banking and internet banking facilities.

NMB customers visiting the stand can register for the bank’s mobile banking service and download the mobile banking application using a free wifi connection at the NMB show stand. Demonstrations on how to use the application will also be given at the stand.

Other NMB services that visitors can learn about at the Harare Agricultural Show include the Credit for Agricultural Trade and Expansion (Create) Fund, which is administered by the donor-financed Zimbabwe Agricultural Development Trust.

NMB is one of the banks through, which the trust disburses funds to help improve the quality of life of smallholder farmers.

Creditworthy businesses or individuals who provide a service to or have a beneficial linkage with smallholder farmers are eligible to apply for a loan from this fund to help finance that service.

The agribusiness unit, which processes Create Fund loan applications, also offers other loan and overdraft facilities, seasonal finance, acceptance credit, tail end financing and input guarantees. The unit also provides a commodity finance facility. It can make arrangements for collateral and stock management.

NMB continues to broaden its customer base to include large corporates, medium-sized businesses, small businesses, high net worth individuals and various segments of the mass market.

Information on all NMB’s services and banking products can be obtained at the NMB stand at the show.