SEAF Caribbean SME Growth Fund (IDBI-13079-01)

  • Latin America and Caribbean
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Financial Institutions
  • IDB Invest (IDBI)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Dec 8, 2020
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Small Enterprise Assistance Funds ("SEAF")
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  • Finance
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 10.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IDBI website

Updated in EWS Jul 3, 2021

Disclosed by Bank Jul 23, 2020

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Project Description

IDB Invest is considering a US$10 million equity investment in the SEAF Caribbean SME Growth Fund ("the Fund"), an impact investment fund providing growth capital to Small and Medium Enterprises ("SMEs") in the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean Common Market ("CARICOM").The COVID-19 crisis has further reduced much needed investment capital for the Caribbean countries, so the Fund is expected to have a significant impact in its focus region. With a target size of US$100 million, the Fund will invest in 8-12 SMEs, seeking market-based financial returns alongside measurable impact, particularly quality job growth and improved gender, governance, and environmental practices. The Fund had its first close of US$35 million in October 2019, fully funded by private sector investors.

The Fund is managed by SEAF Caribbean Management ("SEAF Caribbean"), a local subsidiary of Small Enterprise Assistance Funds ("SEAF"), a global impact investing group with a 30-year track record of supporting SMEs in emerging and transition markets.

Investment Description
Financial Intermediary
Financial Intermediary: A commercial bank or financial institution that receives funds from a development bank. A financial intermediary then lends these funds to their clients (private actors) in the form of loans, bonds, guarantees and equity shares. Financial intermediaries include insurance, pension and equity funds. The direct financial relationship is between the development bank and the financial intermediary.

Contact Information

Client contact name: Robert Vodicka
Title: VP Business Development
Telephone: +1 (202) 737-8463


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