Hope For Kenya Women And Juhudi As Investor Targets More Money

by Business Watch Team
Abler Nordic

Abler Nordic, an investor in Kenya’s Juhudi Kiliom and Kenya Women Microfinance Bank, is targeting to fundraise at least 140 million dollars after a successful name change.

“Kenya is one of our key markets, and we are excited to continue our growth under our new name and our new fund. Global poverty has risen for the first time in 20 years and low-income people across Sub-Saharan Africa are among the hardest hit by climate threats, despite contributing very little to global greenhouse gas emissions,” said Arthur Sletteberg, Managing Director of Abler Nordic.

Abler Nordic has invested over USD 34 million in Sub-Saharan Africa, with USD 16.4 million invested in Kenya in 3 companies.

Foreign Exchange Facilities, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, enable Abler Nordic to provide capital in local currency and have been instrumental in securing both equity and debt investments in Kenya of USD 14 million across four currencies, where hedging conditions otherwise would limit such investments.

“The opportunities for inclusive economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa are vast, yet more risk-willing investment capital is needed. At Abler Nordic we do not invest where it is easiest or where risk is lowest, but where we believe we can achieve the biggest social impact alongside sustainable financial returns. I am looking forward to continuing to partner with our African portfolio companies—alongside our Kenya-based team—and seeking new investment opportunities as we continue to grow in Africa,” said Godfrey Kaindoh, Investment Director, and Head of Abler Nordic’s Kenya office.

A committed and long-term investor with a tailor-made approach, Abler Nordic plays an active role in the development of the five Sub-Saharan African financial inclusion organizations it is currently directly invested in Juhudi Kilimo (Kenya), Kenya Women Microfinance Bank, Baobab Group (Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Tunisia, DRC, and Madagascar), Baobab Senegal, and Tugende (Uganda and Kenya).  Abler Nordic holds board seats at all its equity investments and partners with portfolio companies to create value and support sustainable growth to help them achieve their mission.

Today, Abler Nordic’s global portfolio companies reach 9.4 million customers, 93 percent of whom are women and 71 percent living in rural areas. Women often face systemic barriers in accessing formal financial products, and rural areas are often the last to be financially served, due in part to infrastructure challenges.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 90 percent of loans are given for income-generating purposes, which allow both rural and urban households to start and grow small businesses and improve their quality of life through increased spending on healthcare, education, and home improvements. Since its inception in 2008, over 12 million customers globally have been supported with access to responsible financial services through Abler Nordic’s investments.

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