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About Business Partners International


Business Partners International (BPI) is a fund management company that supports SME growth by providing financing, specialist sectoral knowledge and added-value services to viable small and medium businesses (SMEs) in sub-Saharan Africa.

BPI was established in 2004 as a subsidiary of Business Partners Limited, to apply the investment model refined in South Africa to other African countries. Funds have been established in Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, and Zambia.

The management of the Funds is organised to implement the principles that Business Partners has developed to manage investments in SMEs in Africa over the last 32 years.

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What we do

BPI manages the Funds and Technical Assistance Facilities through its wholly-owned fund manager subsidiaries in Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, and Zambia.

We offer unique and individualised risk finance solutions to SMEs according to the specific needs of our clients in the countries we operate. Management support, business building and value add services are provided through Technical Assistance.

Success is achieved by integrating financing and technical assistance in a commercially and socially sustainable manner.

An Integrated and Proven Delivery Platform Using Risk Incentives Aligned to SMEs

Along with Business Partners’ innovative risk financing instruments and value-add advisory services, Business Partners has developed a delivery model unique from that of traditional private equity funds to serve this segment of family SMEs in selected African countries.

Total Quality Management Processes and Systems

Our processes and systems, developed over thousands of transactions, are utilised to maximise efficiency and reduce costs. Business Partners has adopted a policy of total quality management (TQM), which conforms to the ISO 9001:2008 standard for quality management systems.

What drives us


Our vision is to live our name, being the premier business partner for small and medium enterprises, facilitating wealth creation, job creation and shared economic development.


Our mission is to invest capital, skill and knowledge into viable entrepreneurial enterprises in South Africa, Africa and all markets where we have a presence.


Our goal is to be an internationally respected, successful and profitable business partner for SMEs.

  • Business and Personal Integrity: Honesty, integrity and respect for human dignity are imbued in both our business and personal conduct.
  • Superior Client Service: We exist for our clients and enjoy serving them. We aim to delight our clients with our products (innovative solutions) and the quality of our service.
  • Economic merit: Underpins all our investment decisions, ensuring access to business finance and added value service for all communities we serve. Economic merit also underpins all our operational decisions, ensuring our long-term sustainability to deliver optimum value for clients and shareholders alike.
  • Entrepreneurship: Our entrepreneurial approach to doing business enables us to partner with our clients in the success of their businesses.