Since 2008, Francine has demonstrated her ability to successfully manage oil businesses with a sole proprietorship that was later formalised into her company, M.Line Petro Station Ltd, in 2011. With overall entrepreneurial experience of 16 years, Francine is currently running four petrol stations and managing four tank trucks under the M.Line brand.
Job creation being a key priority of the Fund, Conradie highlighted that GroFin is keen on businesses that have the potential to create 10 – 50+ job opportunities, starting with companies that have fewer than 150 employees. Currently, research by economists.co.za shows that 65% of SMEs in South Africa create zero job opportunities, while just 9% create 20 jobs or more.
“We approached several commercial banks but none of them would touch a start-up. GroFin funded our start-up where banks were unwilling to take the risk,” says Kamau.
With over 30 years of business success in the US, Kamau wants to revolutionise chicken rearing in his country with the sophistication and professionalism of poultry farming in advanced economies and contribute to national food security. Although various small chicken rearing businesses and a few big national poultry producers exist in the country, the poultry sector is one of the rapidly expanding sectors in Kenya and the current demand for poultry meat exceeds supply.
Samuel Sedegah is doing GroFin proud, having recently won the 2015 CFO Ghana Award for outstanding contribution to the growth of SMEs. We spoke to him to find out more about the man behind the mission.