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

The GroFin guide for entrepreneurs: 10 steps to build a successful business around the right people

It is often seen that entrepreneurs overlook human resource planning, or simply stated, people planning, in the early stages of their business. However, people planning is an integral part of business strategy

Barabara Tales in Kenya

Dutch cycling graduates Jens Gronheid and Mark van der Waal are on a 100-day journey from Nairobi to Cape Town (to be chronicled as ‘The Barabara tales’). In this adventure, they have the full support of the DGGF

Is Africa witnessing a new breed of women entrepreneurs?

The old story of low-skilled women entrepreneurs in the informal sector may be about to be rewritten by a fresh wave of tech-savvy and well educated women entrepreneurs. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, GroFin would like to celebrate such women and their contribution to Africa’s growth story. If the past is any indication,

Oman goes techie with Ibn Amor Al-Maamary

Saif Amor Al-Maamary first came to GroFin in 2013 for a loan facility for his electronics trading business, Ibn Amor Al-Maamary Electronics (IAAE). At that time, Saif was looking at expanding IAAE’s operations to include manufacturing, which placed the business in a higher risk profile. GroFin believed in Saif and funded his foray into manufacturing,

The school with a difference: Zambesi Akademie, South Africa

Image: Founder Rita (centre) with her daughter-in-law and husband. Although gifted, Rina Coertze’s son struggled to read and write at school, showing signs of dyslexia. It was then that Rina decided to address this problem directly and started remedial school Zambesi Akademie in 2008 in Magalieskruin to help students like her son. Due to the

Seeds of success: Comfy Odunayo, Nigeria

Sixty-two year old Comfort Odunayo Akinmeji is anything but a typical old lady and her life is anything but ordinary. A determined businesswoman who is resolute about succeeding in the face of challenging circumstances, Comfort has set up three businesses from scratch since 1999, after retiring as a secondary school teacher in Ajaokuta. Flying against

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Sand castles of success : Olibul Investments

Lubilo founded Olibul Investments Limited with the objective of exploiting the abundant high quality sand deposits in the Wabituo community lands and providing quality construction and metallurgical washed sands to quality conscious global mining sector players. Managing the business in his capacity as the CEO, Lubilo is the driving force behind the company and has