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Business Partners International East Africa

Business Partners International East Africa (BPI EA) is a US$35.9 investment vehicle that provides risk-finance and technical assistance to small enterprises in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.

BUSINESS/PARTNERS, as one of the founding shareholders in BPI EA, has an equal 16.8% shareholder alongside IFC (International Finance Corporation, the investment arm of the World Bank); Dutch impact investor, Stichting DOEN; and the Dutch development agency, FMO and Norfund. The remaining 16% capital commitment is held by Swiss Development Company, SIFEM, and Canadian based Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA).

The financing approach combines all the necessary components to tackle the challenging small and medium enterprise (SME) space in East Africa in an innovative and financially sustainable manner. The company's offering is tailored to the needs of SMEs, and accounts for their lack of collateral and irregular cash-flows.

Businesses in BPI EA's target countries do not have access to formal sources of capital and often rely on private savings, family and friends as their only source of financing. Typically, these businesses do not attract capital from private equity funds, and also have difficulties in accessing classical bank loans. Through its innovative and tested investment approach, BPI EA seeks to close the access to finance gap.

BUSINESS/PARTNERS financing is tailored to add value and match the financing and cash flow needs of the entrepreneur. We provide SME risk financing that combines secured loan financing, unsecured cash flow financing and minority equity financing, which provides preferential cash flows while providing the entrepreneur with access to finance they may not otherwise have, or be able to afford without sufficient collateral.

To date, the BPI EA Fund has approved 30 investments to the value of US$6.67 million to SMEs in the region. Businesses that have benefited from this funding include a pharmaceutical manufacturer in Kenya, a printing business in Uganda and small shopping mall in Kigali Rwanda.

We accept applications for financing of viable owner managed businesses between

US$50 000 and US$1 million paid out in local currency.

Visit the BPI Kenya website

Visit the BPI Rwanda website

Visit the Ug​​anda website