How African entrepreneurs are wooing Chinese consumers

Africa’s trade with China is set to expand, as the continent’s entrepreneurs are increasingly exploring ties with the Mainland that go far beyond mineral mining and resource exploration. Africa-China trade has rapidly intensified since the late 1990s. In 2013, China became Sub Saharan Africa’s (SSA’s) largest export and development partner. This relationship has only grown

Supporting Small Growing Businesses across Africa and Middle East

A proven SME financier, GroFin supports small growing businesses (SGBs) through need-based finance and value-adding business support. At GroFin, we understand that the absence of appropriate finance to support SMEs is a major growth constraint for small growing businesses (SGBs), and we acknowledge with equal importance, the inability of SGBs to achieve sufficient scale to

How a Kenyan pastry chef grew his dream small business deli by 250%

As a successful small business entrepreneur in Africa, Obado Obadoh realised his vision of opening a pastry shop when he established the now popular Café Deli in Kenya. Obado’s Story Obado, who is a trained pastry chef with in-depth experience in the hospitality industry of Kenya, approached GroFin in 2011 when an opportunity to buy-out

Africa needs financial inclusion with impact

Impact Investments could guide the way for financial inclusion in Africa, as the right balance of profit-based investments and a developmental mind-set is key to bridge the gap between the haves and the have-nots in the fast growing continent. Globally, Africa lags behind other developing regions in financial inclusion with only 23% of adults holding

School for tomorrow: National Private School, Oman

Started in 1982, the National Private School (NPS) is one of the best private schools in Muscat, in a competitive market where private schooling is in high demand. A majority of new generation Omani parents tend to send their children to private school because of the flexibility provided in choice of curriculum as well as