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The Southern Africa SME Fund

The Business Partners International Southern Africa SME Fund is an Investment Fund established by the International Finance Corporation, Stichting DOEN, African Development Bank, Proparco, FMO and Business Partners Limited. The fund operates in Malawi, Namibia and Zambia.

The fund provides integrated investment and added-value solutions for small and medium entrepreneurs, from single-owner businesses to partnerships and multi-owner ventures. The Fund is managed by Business Partners International – a subsidiary of BUSINESS/PARTNERS, South Africa's leading investment company for small and medium enterprises.

We are promoters of sustainable development in local communities through supporting wealth creation for family entrepreneurs. BUSINESS/PARTNERS provide entrepreneurs with a committed partnership, leadership and mentorship offering innovative risk finance solutions for firms that cannot access capital elsewhere.

We invest in local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and provide post-investment value adding services, through the Technical Assistance Facility.

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.

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

Visit the Malawi SME Fund website

Visit the Namibia SME Fund website

Visit the Zambia SME Fund website