“I have always been entrepreneurially minded and when my spouse started developing an entrepreneurial spirit in 2014, I knew something good was in the offing for us,” They started out baking only two cartons of biscuits a day. In the beginning, Temitope and Olusegun Esho ran their business, Gold Box Foods, from the kitchen in
Agasaro Organic helps local farmers by adding value to their produce Pineapples grow easily in the fertile soil of the Nyamasheke District in Rwanda’s Western province. But with the fruit in such high supply during the harvest season and no local means available to process it, farmers here have always struggled to get a decent
Opening a large business in an area where almost 50 percent of the population live below the poverty line might deter some of the hardiest business people, not so Mr. Christophe Kanyandekwe, owner of Bugesera Agribusiness Company Ltd, also known as BABC. A mechanical engineer, Mr. Kanyandekwe bought BABC which is located in Gashora, Bugesera district, Eastern Province of Rwanda, in 2014.
In December 2017, Iraq confirmed it had defeated the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, three years after the jihadi group swept through the country, seizing some of its largest cities and wreaking havoc on the local population. Now, authorities estimate Iraq needs nearly US$90 billion to restore the country that has been
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
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
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, a pioneering SME development financier, has opened its office in Senegal, furthering its expansion into West Africa’s Francophone belt after Ivory Coast. With the opening of this office, Senegalese entrepreneurs can expect to benefit from the unique model of appropriate, medium-term finance and specialised, value-added business support that GroFin extends to Small and Growing
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
As impact investing comes of age, to quote the Economist, it is time to take a look at the largest survey of the Impact Investment landscape, and see how this nascent industry is fast becoming a mainstream phenomenon. A decade into the creation of a formal impact investing industry, the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
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
In its most basic form, management accounting allows a business to control its operations and take informed decisions in line with its performance objectives. For small and growing businesses, management accounting is a way to ensure that the business stays within its means as it grows. Indeed, management accounting is crucial for entrepreneurs as it
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
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
Managing payments to your suppliers could easily be the biggest worry you face while running your growing business, especially if the supplier has more bargaining power than you do. And, higher bargaining power on the part of your suppliers is an eminently possible scenario when yours is a small business that is just beginning to
For a financier that reaches out to entrepreneurs, what could be better than funding a school that gives wings to new generations of entrepreneurs? Queenswood Christian School (QCS) in Pretoria is just such a school, whose mission is to provide children with a quality of education that allows them to become entrepreneurs, taking charge of
Established in 2001 by patriarch Elia Al Nims and his two sons, Kameel (pictured top, right) and Ghassan, HYGEX initially imported cleaning and hygiene products for sale in the local market, and slowly forayed into manufacturing its own. Currently, HYGEX has manufacturing facilities in the outskirts of Amman and sells under its own brand, with
Since he was 7 years old, Mohamed Al Jabery has been involved in his father’s business of manufacturing water heaters.
“I started with basic tasks like iron dust cleaning, and gradually grew into specialised roles in production management, finance and marketing, until I was finally promoted to general management of the business in 2001,” says 41-year-old Mohamed.
KAMPALA, Uganda, September 24, 2015 Wednesday 23 September marked the official launch of the GroFin Small and Growing Businesses (SGB) Fund. It aims to catalyse sustainable job creation through supporting small and growing businesses in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria,Zambia, South Africa and Egypt. The Fund aims to support over 9,800 under-served entrepreneurs and