GroFin Women Entrepreneurs in Tanzania

Giving women entrepreneurs their place in the sun

Women entrepreneurs play a pivotal role in the private sector comprising micro, small and medium enterprises in Tanzania. Women owned enterprises increased from 35% in early 1990s to 54.3% in 2012, according to estimates by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The ILO Women Entrepreneurs Survey 2014 revealed that 85% of women interviewed in Tanzania financed

Yak Fair Trade Agribusiness - GroFin-Rwanda Client

GroFin Deepens Agribusiness Reach in East Africa

After transforming Rwanda into a model for conflict-affected states, the Government of Rwanda is now focusing its reform efforts on a vital needs sector: agribusiness. What makes this sector so crucial is that over 75% of Rwanda’s workforce is concentrated in agriculture. Against this backdrop, GroFin is deepening its efforts to reach out to agribusinesses

GroFin Jordan Client - Arabella for Aluminium

As Jordanian SMEs grow, Syrian refugee livelihoods bloom

Jordan has witnessed a significant refugee influx over the last seven years. This has placed a huge strain on economic infrastructure, service delivery and employment avenues alike. Representing a population of nearly 1.3 million, the vast majority of Syrians who fled to Jordan since war broke out in their country in 2011 live outside official

GroFin Ivory Coast Client - Ecole des Spécialités Multimedia d’Abidjan (ESMA)

GroFin Ivory Coast client expands digital education reach

Ivory Coast is facing challenges in catering for a rapidly rising labour force, counting 14 million workers in 2015 and poised to rise to around 22 million by 2025. As more and more workers enter the emerging economy, the issue is not so much employment for everyone, as it is to guarantee a decent wage. Indeed,

GroFin Client - Five Builders Construction - Egypt

How young Arab entrepreneurs are powering job creation

Moving away from their historical over-reliance on the public sector, Arab youth are empowering themselves by pursuing entrepreneurship avenues and these young Arab entrepreneurs are creating employment at scale The eighth United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) calls for promoting “inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for all.” A new report by the

GroFin Healthcare Client - Ebony Clinic, South Africa

Ebony Clinic: Quality healthcare for South Africans with GroFin’s support

With an overwhelming majority of the population at 97.6% consisting of native South Africans, and only half the households having access to piped water, Kaalfontein in Johannesburg is a typical township that is struggling to cater for a high BoP population. While townships are economically and politically significant in South Africa, they continue to lurk

GroFin Client - Firm Foundation Ghana

Firm Foundation Ghana – GroFin Client and School of Choice

Firm Foundation Ghana has become the school of choice for parents in the catchment area and is consistently the top performing school in the Ga West area for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). An average of 25% of students that obtain their BECE at Firm Foundation continue their education through tertiary institutions. The school’s student

Kenyan Entrepreneur, Pamela Muyeshi and Amaica Restaurant

Congratulations to Kenyan Entrepreneur, Pamela Muyeshi, for her phenomenal success with the Amaica Restaurant

Kenyan Entrepreneur Pamela Muyeshi has always had a passion for traditional and authentic Kenyan cuisine. So, it’s no surprise that Amaica Restaurant in Nairobi, would successfully grow to serve a customer base of roughly 43,000 diners per year, and triple its employment level to meet the growing demands of its customers. Since receiving GroFin finance in

Ghanaian entrepreneur Linklaters

Ghanaian entrepreneur tops up his fuel retailing business through disciplined success

Ghanaian entrepreneur, Richard Owusu-Poku, and owner of Linklaters is a prime example of a successful fuel retailer in Ghana. Richard currently manages five out of six Shell filling stations in Koforidua, in the Eastern Region of Ghana. And of the five petrol stations he runs, he owns and operates two while managing the other three

GroFin Kenya client GAEA Foods Ltd

Hot start for GroFin Kenya entrepreneur in potato processing business

Entrepreneur Irene Wanjiru Mwangi is a pioneer in the field of potato processing in Kenya. Her company, GAEA Foods Ltd., processes potatoes for the local urban market mainly consumed by fast food restaurants, main stream hotels and centralised kitchens for some universities. Consumption is highest amongst the fast food chains: that is estimated to consume

Sello Malatji - CEO of Rothe Plantscapers wins award while making local impact

GroFin SA client Rothe Plantscapers wins Regional Productivity Award while making local impact

“We have a great story to tell and I impress on all of us to continue writing this great STORY!” Sello Malatji, CEO – Rothe Plantscapers. GroFin South Africa investee Rothe Plantscapers has won gold in the Productivity SA Gauteng Regional Awards. As a regional winner, our client was automatically entered as a finalist for the National Productivity

Zambian Entrepreneur of Bestlay Country Egg and a GroFin Zambia Client

Bestlay Country Egg set for successful hatch in Zambia’s Poultry Industry

Bestlay Country Egg was incorporated in Lusaka, Zambia on May 2016 by key Zambian entrepreneur Mr. Patrick Bobo. Following which, he approached GroFin Zambia for finance and support for his start-up agri-processing poultry business. Patrick has worked for 21 years as an accountant, audit senior, chief internal auditor, chief accountant and operations manager for various

Smyle Ice Cream Lagos Nigeria

Smyle Ice Cream: Lagos entrepreneur aims for top ice cream brand in Nigeria

Chris Gozie Ijeh, Lagos entrepreneur and Managing Director of FCI Smyle International, approached GroFin Nigeria in 2015 for finance and support of his business expansion project. Given his company’s brand reputation for quality and indigenous manufacturing and supporting extensive employment, GroFin did not hesitate to support his company with a sizeable loan. An Entrepreneur from

Educating Africa through Edupreneurs

Educating Africa: Lessons from Edupreneurs

As Africa finds it increasingly challenging to educate its teeming millions, a partnership between local edupreneurs and impact investors may be key to tap the true potential of the education sector. Africa is sorely in need of a solution to its education woes. Sample these alarming statistics from UNESCO. Of the 59 million children of

Oman’s Five Ocean Fisheries makes local impact while exporting 70-80% of catch

“With more than 18 years’ experience in the fisheries sector, we knew Dawood had it in him to make it big. With the right finance and strategic assistance on business and financial planning, we set Five Oceans on the path to success,” says Sami Al Hassan, Investment Executive, GroFin, manager of the Nomou Oman Fund.

Nomou Oman client builds on Startup Success – Arabia Global Resources LLC

Set up in 2011, Arabia Global Resources LLC (AGR) started its laterite ore mining operations in May 2013. The quarry is located 40km outside the town of Ibra, 201km from Muscat.  Laterite is mostly sold from the quarry to Emirati and Omani cement companies. Local Omani entrepreneurs Shaikh Faisal Al-Junaiby and Mr Ali Al Saadi

Continued Growth for Nomou Oman Client – Al Duqm Crushers

Al Duqm Crushers, a Dolomite mining concern based in Oman and a Nomou Oman client, was started with the intent of supplying Dolomite to overseas markets in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and India. The company specialises in the extraction and manufacture of the highest quality quarry materials – predominantly for export to the steel-manufacturing industry,

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

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