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Women in Business Fund

Our Women in Business Fund aims to afford women entrepreneurs a fair and equal opportunity to start, expand or purchase an existing business.

Through the fund we aim to:

  • Increase access to finance for women entrepreneurs;
  • Invest in commercially viable women-owned businesses;
  • Facilitate the growth and expansion of women-owned businesses;
  • Contribute towards an increase in the number of successful women entrepreneurs and inspire young females to choose entrepreneurship;
  • Facilitate the creation of new jobs.

Female entrepreneurs financed through our Women in Business Fund are supported with additional value added services:

  • Female investment team to support with application process;
  • Access to information and networking opportunities;
  • Access to a web-based library and electronic newsletters;
  • Peer mentorship and networking;
  • Workshops and seminars;
  • Once off free individual membership to an approved business women organisation to the value of R1 000;
  • A technical assistance grant of up to R25 000 and a further R35 000 interest-free loan for technical assistance, should it be required;
  • Access to dedicated industry specific mentors.

Applications will be considered from:

  • Businesses with a minimum shareholding by women of 50%;
  • Women who wish to start, expand, or buy an existing business;
  • Women in operations and management roles within the business. 

Entrepreneurs should preferably have at least two years’ experience in the relevant industry.

Non-viable businesses, on-lending, underground mining and primary agricultural industries are excluded.


Financing period:

5 years.

Minimum and maximum loan amount:

R500 000 to R50 million.

Own contribution requirements:

There is no minimum own contribution required, however, the gearing and other factors that affect the viability of a transaction will be taken into consideration.

Required documents for application:

Business plan.
Annual financial statements.
Up to date management accounts.
Cash flow forecast.
CV of entrepreneur/s.

Want to know more about our financing criteria? Click here for our investment FAQ.