ACEP Niger

Sector of activity: Micro-finance
Status: En cours d'investissement
Associed fund: IPDEV1
Entrepreneur: Abdou-salami Amadou Cissé
Employees: 37
Country: Niger
A propos:

 

ACEP Niger is a microfinance institution targetting small and very small businesses in urban areas.

ACEP relays on two agencies and several service points in the two main cities in Niger, Niamey and Maradi.

 

The operator

ACEP Group is a French microfinance operator founded by Nicolas Rofe and Thierry Perreau.

ACEP institutions, also present in Cameroon, Madagascar and Burkina Faso, share a set of common values and a rigorous methodology.

 

 

In portfolio since: 2012
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Sinergi Niger

Sector of activity: Finance
Status: En cours d'investissement
Associed fund: IPDEV1
Entrepreneur: Djibo Ibrahima
Employees: 5
Country: Niger
A propos:

SINERGI Niger is a local investment company which aims at the creation and development of small formal enterprises with investments from €30,000 to €75,000.

In Sub-Saharan Africa and particularly in Niger, SMEs have a little access to financial markets. Nevertheless, these are at the heart of the economic development and main job creation sources. The investment fund objective is to answer this strong demand by financing profitable projects with a strong social impact. 

 

THE TEAM

The team of Sinergi is managed by Djibo Ibrahima.

Graduated in engineering (Ecole Normale Supérieure des Mines in Alès), Djibo Ibrahima has always shown a burning interest towards entrepreneurship. He completed various trainings and studies in management, business administration and project management. He spent a part of his career at leading positions in various Nigerien groups (Shell Niger, Niger-Lait) and led numerous feasibility missions for mining projects and companies in Niger, in Burkina-Faso and Mali with an ever-green involvement towards Sahelian SME/SMI. From 1991 to 1997, he was in charge of Nigetip development, a World Bank project designed to support Nigerien SMEs in the building sector.  

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

I&P is committed alongside SINERGI to:

• Recruit and train the managing team

• Set up a methodology for the selection and the deepened analysis of companies asking for financing 

• Bring an exterior and experimented look in the investment choice

 

KEY IMPACTS

• SINERGI has already invested in more than 7 companies in Niger

• Through realized investments, about a hundred of jobs had been created.

 

In portfolio since: 2006
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Site Internet
http://sinergi-niger.com/

La Laiterie du Berger

Sector of activity: Agro-Industry
Status: En cours d'investissement
Associed fund: IPDEV1
Entrepreneur: Bagoré-Xavier Bathily
Employees: 204
Country: Senegal
A propos:

La Laiterie du Berger is the only Senegalese company to manufacture dairy products from local fresh milk, collected from more than 800 farmers in the area Richard Toll in northern Senegal. The products of Laiterie du Berger, distributed in more than 6,000 outlets in late 2012, face a stiff competition face to products made ​​from imported milk powder and dairy products from the informal economy.

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Bagoré-Xavier Bathily was born in Dakar and studied veterinary medicine in Belgium. He then worked in France and for an NGO in Mauritania. In 2005, with strong support from his brothers and sisters, he created La Laiterie du Berger to enhance the production of fresh milk in Senegal.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

I&P committed alongside with La Laiterie du Berger to:

• To provide the capital needed for the company to start

• To contribute to the early strategy of the company

• To progressively implement management tools

• To contribute to the expansion of the shareholder base

• To provide technical assistance on various topics (operational and financial)

 

IMPACTS

• Steady revenue granted to 800 rural families guaranteeing economic security and preservation of their traditional activity

• Contribution to the structure of the dairy industry in Senegal

• Offer of healthy affordable dairies in individually marketed goods

 

 

 

 

In portfolio since: 2005
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Co investisseurs
Danone Communities, Danone, Grameen Crédit Agricole et Phitrust
Site Internet
https://lalaiterieduberger.wordpress.com/
Page Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/laiterieduberger

ACEP Cameroun

Sector of activity: Micro-finance
Status: En cours d'investissement
Associed fund: IPDEV1
Entrepreneur: Yann Akindélé
Employees: 242
Country: Cameroon
A propos:

Acep Cameroun is a microfinance institution specialized in financing SMEs from urban areas of Douala, Yaounde and Bafoussam. Acep is now a 5 in-country MFI network.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

I&P is committed alongside ACEP CAMEROON:

• To organize the transformation process of ACEP Cameroon to a private financial institution

• To contribute to the business plan elaboration and the round table constitution.

• To assure a regular operational monitoring

• To actively participate to the governance proceedings (audit comity and board of directors)

 

KEY IMPACTS

• Number of created jobs: 166

• Since 2005, ACEP has allowed more than 45 000 credits distributed to very small entrepreneurs (street food vendors, shoemakers, bayamselams) 

• Incomes annual growth in average since 2007: +32%

 

In portfolio since: 2005
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Nutrizaza

Sector of activity: Agro-Industry
Status: En cours d'investissement
Associed fund: IPDEV1
Entrepreneur: Mieja Vola Rakotonarivo
Employees: 98
Country: Madagascar
A propos:

Nutrizaza is a social business fighting against children malnutrition. The company has developed a network of baby restaurants (hotelin’jazakely) alongside with the commercial selling of “Koba Aina”, a range of enhanced baby food. The company seeks for the largest distribution of a good quality aliment for infants, and especially among the poorest while sticking to an enterprise-based approach as a financially sustainable business. Nutrizaza has also undertaken a campaign against malnutrition through information campaigns and a watch over the babies’ weight.

 

"Koba Aina" is a baby flour complementary with breast-feeding. It is produced and packed with local raw material based on a nutritional formula elaborated by Taf, a Malagasy agribusiness partner. The production is controlled and in compliance with international standards. It is distributed in individual packs or ready-made by Nutrizaza field animators during neighborhood tours. As to now, it gives the best quality/price ratio on the market.

 

Presentation of Nutri'Zaza - 2015

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Mieja Vola RAKOTONARIVO est responsable du projet Nutri’zaza depuis Octobre 2004. Ingénieur en industries agroalimentaires et diplômée d’un Master en technologies agroalimentaires elle  est responsable du projet de création de  Nutri’zaza pour le compte du GRET. Elle gère l’équipe de Nutri’zaza et met en œuvre avec l’équipe les activités prévues pour atteindre les objectifs définis. Elle s’occupe plus particulièrement des relations entre Nutri’zaza et les institutions extérieures.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

I&P committed alongside with Nutrizaza

• As a strategic and financial partner, chairing at the board

• Undertaking technical assistance missions, with a view to empower the leading team

 

KEY IMPACTS

• About 100 jobs created, including 70% women 

• 34 Hotelin-Jazakely ("restaurants for babies") and more than 9 million units of KobaAina distributed in 2015 

• Intervention area : 33 municipalities and 112 fokontany (villages, neighbourhoods, etc) 

• 116 local suppliers

• Information campaigns towards young mothers

• Sanitary issues : Decrease of child mortality and improvement in the anthropometric criteria of young Malagasy children (weight and size)

• In the medium-run, increase of education enrolment rate due tie the decrease of illness risks

 

 

In portfolio since: 2012

Cofipêche

Sector of activity: Equipment & Maintenance
Status: En cours d'investissement
Associed fund: IPDEV1
Entrepreneur: Sidi Coulibaly
Country: Ivory Coast
A propos:

Cofipêche is settled in Abidjan and locally produces knotless fishing nets sold in Ivory Coast and the sub-region. They are used for surface fishing and fish farming. Both factory trawlers and traditional fishermen prioritize this kind of nets for they do not hurt the fishes. Those international regulation-compliant nets designed to save the natural stocks from over-fishing are locally crafted from imported nylon wires. Cofipêche is the only Subsaharan African factory positioned on this industrial segment. All equivalent products are imported from Asia.

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Sidi Coulibaly spent most of his career in textile industry at commercial management positions (CFCI, Uniwax, Filtisac, IPS). He took over the existing company Cofipêche in 2004.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

I&P committed alongside with Cofipêche

• To bring the financial support needed for recovery after the 2011 economic crisis

• To accompany the market positioning on product diversification

• To help strengthening the commercial segment of the company

• To seek for optimization of working capital

 

KEY IMPACTS

• Local offer facing informal and foreign competition

• Natural stocks preservation

In portfolio since: 2009

Colaser

Sector of activity: Health
Status: Sortie
Associed fund: IPDEV1
Entrepreneur: Aliou Lam, Makane Seck
Employees: 21
Country: Senegal
A propos:

Colaser is an ophthalmologic clinic aiming at responding to the needs of a broad and diverse clientele such as individuals, employees under healthcare programs, retired people, middle-class people, and foreigners. The clinic has followed an unfluctuating growth since its creation. It carries out 10,000 consultations and 1,400 medical procedures every year, among which 110 retinal detachments and as many refractive eye surgery.

Colaser stands as the most important ophthalmologic center in terms of equipment and expertise. It substitutes to medical travels in Europe for numerous diagnostics and cares. Within a few years, Colaser has become a model for West-African ophthalmological clinics, and attracts a steady flow of patients from neighbor countries.

 

ENTREPRENEURS

Colaser was created in 2007 when the care supply was highly insufficient. It was initiated by 4 doctors: Pr. Lam, Dr. Seck, Dr. Jouni and Dr. Jaffar. Aliou Lam and Makane Seck are military doctors and surgeons. They formerly worked at the Hopital Principal of Dakar and took the chance, while leaving the army, to settle in Senegal and invest in the private sector.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

I&P committed alongside with Colaser :

• To provide a key financial and strategic support at the company’s creation

• To grant the founders a loan that would enable them to purchase high-technology pieces of equipment

• To strengthen the administrative service of the clinic.

 

KEY IMPACTS

• 21 jobs created

• Improvement of the local medical offer

• Successful example of associated doctors

 

In portfolio since: 2007 (sortie en 2014)

Carotech Bénin

Sector of activity: Construction
Status: En cours d'investissement
Associed fund: IPDEV1
Entrepreneur: Yves Modeste Agbo
Employees: 10
Country: Benin
A propos:

CAROTECH Benin produces outside tiles, pavement blocks and other construction cement-based inputs. These are processed without any thermal energy. Carotech’s sector of activity is lifted by a swelling urban expansion in Benin and various state programs to renovate public infrastructures. The products are addressed to a diversified clientele: individuals, public collectivities, private companies…

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Yves Modest Agbo is a young Beninese entrepreneur who, once having finished his economics studies in France at Montpellier University has immediately made the choice to create an economic activity in his country, in the industrial sector with a strong local added value. 

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

I&P committed alongside Carotech Benin to:

• Enable a rapid establishment of the production

• Provide a technical assistance for organization and formalization of the financial and accounting management. 

• Provide support of an expertise in term of commercial organization policy

 

IMPACTS

• Creation of a local industry of construction materials, in substitution of Chinese and European importations.

• Energy saving with cold-process production

• 5 national suppliers

 

 

In portfolio since: 2009

Fides Microfinance Senegal

Sector of activity: Micro-finance
Status: En cours d'investissement
Associed fund: IPDEV1
Entrepreneur: Philippe Couteau (Directeur Général)
Employees: 154
Country: Senegal
A propos:

Fides Senegal Microfinance is a young microfinance institution that aims to provide financial services to urban and rural population located in northern Senegal: solidarity and individual loans, savings, insurance and mobile banking.

Headquartered in St. Louis, it opened offices in Luga and Touba, and will settle one new agency every year in the North of the country, where the offer is lower than in Dakar. It enjoys the support of FIDES consultants in the establishment of microfinance business (corporations) in the rural world.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

I&P committed alongside with Fides Microfinance Sénégal:

• Being the first investor to confirm its commitment to FMS, to pilot the project building

• To participate in strategic discussions with the management team (Governance, etc.). 

 

KEY IMPACTS

• Access to financial services in rural and peri-urban areas: more than 21,000 borrowers (including 85% women) and 37 500 savers

• 154 jobs maintained in 2015, including more than 60% women

• 35 local suppliers 

• Demonstration of microfinance viability in the private sector in West Africa, where NGOs and cooperatives are privileged actors

 

In portfolio since: 2011
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CAT Logistics Niger

Sector of activity: Logistics
Status: En cours d'investissement
Associed fund: IPDEV1
Entrepreneur: Ali Djimba
Employees: 69
Country: Niger
A propos:

CAT LOGISTICS performs customs clearance and freight transport. The company manages goods and shipping from their arrival in one of the sub-regional ports directly to the client. It has subsidiaries in the three coastal countries of the region: Cotonou in Benin, Tema in Ghana and Lome in Togo.

CAT LOGISTICS has experienced very rapid growth in business volume since 2008, supported by major contracts including AREVA and the World Food Program (WFP). It operates in a particularly buoyant market with oil and mining large-scale investments. It is the only Nigerian-founded company of this size that remains independent from international firms.  In 2013-2014, CAT partnered with the UN for the peace keeping mission in Mali. The company loaded equipment, vehicles and over goods from Abidjan port in Ivory Coast to the Niger River and Gao in Mali.

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Ali Djimba holds a master's degree specializing in transit and logistics, and has 30 years of experience in the sector.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

I&P committed alongside CAT Logistics:

• By increasing the equity of the company

• Pressing the structure of governance and management

•By implementing a management control and stable and effective financial procedures to better manage the business

• Providing assistance for the development of the financial policy of the company and obtaining bank financing

 

KEY IMPACTS

• Development of a local player in the logistics and transit in a landlocked country

• Impacts on HR policy of the company

 

In portfolio since: 2010

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