As I&P celebrates its 20th year of activity, the team is pleased to present its "Manifesto for the financing and support of entrepreneurship in Africa.
Based on 20 years of learning, entrepreneurial adventures, successes as well as failures and challenges, this manifesto aims to share with you the five best practices or core approaches that we believe are essential if we want to accomplish our mission to serve African entrepreneurs.
After two successful five-year collaborations, Sinergi Burkina, a pioneering impact investment fund in Burkina Faso, is making new equity investments in the companies Palobdé and Bioprotect.
Pâtisserie Les Douceurs is a company specialized in cooking, baking and pastry making in Burkina Faso. It offers a wide range of products and services (breads and pastries, cakes, canapés, school meals and snacks, sandwiches, fast food and catering).
Pâtisserie Les Douceurs was created by Mrs. Safiatou OUEDRAOGO-YABRE, a trained cook-pastry chef with more than 27 years of experience with the SERVAIR group and in the hotel industry.
Partnership with Sinergi Burkina and I&P
Pâtisserie Les Douceurs is supported by I&P and Sinergi Burkina through I&P Acceleration in Sahel. The main objective of this partnership is to :
- Increase the company's production capacity and improve product quality
- Diversify the products offered
- Support the company in its management (implementation of an adequate formal management system, including accounting, financial and fiscal management, production and human resources).
- Consolidation of 20 existing jobs and creation of 5 new permanent full-time jobs
- Contribution to the employability of vulnerable populations (women and unqualified youth)
- Better structuring and organization of the company
- Establishment of good governance
Each year, Investisseurs & Partenaires monitors and publishes a report of the environmental, social and governance impact of its different lines of business. Launched in 2002, I&P Développement line (IPDEV 1, IPDEV 2) aims at create, develop and sponsor a dozen impact funds and support 500 SMEs in several sub-Saharan African countries.
Launch of the I&P Digital Energy program, news from the portfolio and local funds, etc. Discover the latest news of I&P in our newsletter n°38!
⇒ An editorial signed by Evelyne Dioh SIMPA, Executive Director of WIC Capital;
Exiting an African SME: The experience of an impact investor committed to the continent for 20 years
I&P has specialized for 20 years in financing and supporting SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Although our activities have gradually expanded (seed financing, consulting, training, etc.), private equity remains I&P's core business. The issue of exits is integral to the private equity business model.
For the International Women's Rights Day, I&P evaluated its gender policy on the basis of the annual report of the Deloitte & France Invest "Talents & Diversity" Commission, which aims to promote and encourage the role of women and gender diversity in the Capital Investment business.
Faso Elevage Bio is a Burkinabe company specialized in the production of breeding materials. This young company has progressively developed five activities aimed at poultry farmers: production and commercialization of chicks and breeding equipment (incubators, cages, brooders, etc.), implementation of a farm monitoring system, rent of livestock buildings and training of poultry farmers on good breeding practices.
Faso Elevage Bio was created by Abdoul-Wakil Faïçal PALENFO when he was a young student entrepreneur. Before starting his own business, Mr. PALENFO was a livestock consultant for NGOs and companies like Ferm'Afrik. He holds a professional master's degree in animal production from the University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (USTA) in Ouagadougou.
PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P AND SINERGI BURKINA
Faso Elevage Bio is supported by I&P and Sinergi Burkina through I&P Acceleration in Sahel. The support will allow the company to :
- Strengthen the chick production capacity
- Improve the quality of the egg brooding machines
- Strengthen the company's market presence
- Strengthen the structuring and the management system (SIG)
- Creation and consolidation of jobs
- Increase the local supply of chicks
- Valuation of local products
- Establishment of good governance
About Sinergi Burkina
Created in 2014, Sinergi Burkina is the first impact investment fund dedicated to financing and supporting SMEs and start-ups in Burkina Faso. Headed by Job Zongo, Sinergi Burkina is the second investment fund sponsored by Investisseurs & Partenaires as part of the I&P Développement 2 fund. The fund network currently includes a fund in Niger (Sinergi Niger), Côte d'Ivoire (Comoé Capital), Senegal (Teranga Capital) and Madagascar (Miarakap). → To learn more about Sinergi Burkina