The proposed operation consists of an equity participation in a generalist, closed-ended private equity fund seeking to make loans, mezzanine-type loans (quasi-equity) and/or equity investments in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) located in Central and East Africa (Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Uganda and Angola). The fund will build on the strategy followed by its predecessor fund, African Rivers Fund, by providing loans, mezzanine-type quasi-equity and equity capital to growing SMEs located in Central Africa. Due to their relatively small size, these small companies are unable to finance their growth through local bank funding alone or through local capital markets which remain very underdeveloped. The fund will therefore facilitate access to finance for local SMEs in key post-conflict countries in Central Africa.
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