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Oikocredit Partners with AfricInvest Private Credit

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June 13, 2024, 4:19 p.m.
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Social impact investing cooperative Oikocredit has made a first-time loan of $10m (€9.3m) to AfricInvest Private Credit (APC) to augment support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) throughout Africa.

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Social impact investing cooperative Oikocredit has made a first-time loan of $10m (€9.3m) to AfricInvest Private Credit (APC) to augment support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) throughout Africa.

Lewis Nyaga, Investment Officer at Oikocredit, said: “We are extremely pleased to announce our new partnership with AfricInvest and this important debt facility designed to strengthen African SMEs. AfricInvest’s extensive expertise and network, coupled with Oikocredit’s dedication to impactful social investing, will help client enterprises become catalysts for positive change in their communities.”

APC is committed to providing SMEs with access to medium to long-term credit, with particular focus on enterprises underserved by mainstream financial institutions, often because they lack adequate collateral. 

In addition to providing tailor-made financial solutions, APC offers capacity building initiatives to help investee companies thrive and expand sustainably. 

This comprehensive approach aligns seamlessly with Oikocredit's mission of fostering sustainable economic growth and development. 

Oikocrodit's capital infusion will enable APC to increase its lending activities to a diverse portfolio of companies across multiple African countries. 

Kouraiech Belhajali, CEO of APC, said: “We are proud of our new partnership with Oikocredit. This facility will support us in continuing to serve the underserved in Africa, widening APC’s target market and reach. Through this capital infusion we look forward to the opportunity to increase our impact in terms of economic growth, employment and inclusion.”

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