Prothem (IFC-40902)

  • Burundi
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  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
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Voting Date
May 15, 2018
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  • Industry and Trade
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 2.00 million
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Bank Documents
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jan 25, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Apr 6, 2018

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Project Description

IFC is considering to provide an A Loan of up to US$2.0 million to Prothem Usine S.A. (“Prothem” or the “Company”) to part-finance the capacity expansion program (the “Project”) which includes installation of a new processing line and a boiler at the factory, construction of hanger for tea collection, purchase of motor vehicles, development of own tea estate and investment associated to obtain Rainforest Alliance Certificate.

Investment Description
Private Actors Description

Founded in 2006, Prothem is the first privately-owned tea company in Burundi, operating tea processing factory in Gisozi Commune of Mwaro Province. The factory currently has a capacity to process 6 million kilogram (kg) of green leaf annually supplied by c.11,000 smallholder farmers into made tea for export sales. Prothem is primarily owned by Ms. Aline Kaparaye; DOB Equity - an impact fund from Netherlands; ICCO Foundation - an international nonprofit organization from the Netherlands; Prothem ASBL, a non-profit farmers organization, Other independent farmers and businessmen from Burundi.

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
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Contact Information

Prothem Usine S.A.
Samuel Karima
Managing Director
+ 257 72364471, +257 22220780, + 257 22278667
Prothem Usine s.a., Gisozi Tea, B.P. 176 Bujumbura – Burundi


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