Newsletter n°45 : summary of an eventful first quarter

 

In this 45th edition of our newsletter: 

⇒ Focus: Inua Capital (Uganda) and Zira Capital (Mali) make their first equity investments 

⇒ Protrait : Meet Folly Koussawo from Trianon Homes in Gabon

And all I&P news from the first quarter of 2024.

 

 

 

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Entrepreneur Profile: Meet Folly Koussawo of Trianon Homes, Gabon

 

 

Founded in Gabon in 2012 by Folly Koussawo with the support of Seydou Béyé, Trianon Homes is a real estate development and construction company with three core businesses: third-party construction, turnkey project design and construction, and real estate development.

 

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I&P selected as an Emeritus Manager in the ImpactAssets-50 2024 ranking

 

 

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected for the ImpactAssets 50 2024 as an Impact Manager Emeritus for the second year running! The #IA50 Emeritus recognizes impact fund managers who have achieved IA 50 recognition for at least 5 years and who consistently demonstrate their commitment to generating positive impact.  

 

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Best wishes for 2023 & January Newsletter

 

We are pleased to share with you the first newsletter of this year 2024, including the latest news from I&P, its partner funds and portfolio companies:

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Mali Shi

Sector of activity: Agro-food
Status: Investissement en capital
Associed fund: I&P Expansion, IPAE 2
Entrepreneur: Karim Ghammache
Country: Mali
A propos:

Founded in 2019 by Karim Ghammache, Mali Shi is Mali's first industrial shea butter processor. The company produces high-quality shea butter for the international market as a sustainable and environmentally friendly substitute for cocoa butter.

Mali Shi uses two different supply chains: in the traditional supply chain, the company buys shea from local suppliers and partners. It also buys directly from women collectors, thereby improving the incomes of rural women.  Mali Shi prioritizes direct purchases from women collectors through its own network, which is the main source of supply.

 

The entrepreneur

A Lebanese-Malian entrepreneur, Karim Ghammache grew up in Mali, and moved to France to complete his secondary education. He pursued his studies in finance in Canada, at HEC Montréal and McGill University, before joining the family business in Mali after completing his degree.

He joined the management of two startups launched by his family: Diago Mineral Water and Omnium, and took part in their restructuring and turnaround after difficult beginnings. In 2019, he acquired Omnium Mali, turning it into one of the most technically advanced factories in Africa.

Building on this successful experience with Omnium Mali, in 2011 he launched Omnium Invest, an investment company that creates and deploys startups run by autonomous management teams. Through this structure, he steers Mali Shi.

 

Partnership with I&P

Mali Shi is supported by I&P through the I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs 2 (IPAE 2) fund. The funds raised will be used to :

  • Strengthen the company's WCR ;
  • Strengthen its capacity to raise seasonal credit;
  • Increase the production capacity of the facility.

 

Expected Impact

  • Local processing of shea kernels, creating value and limiting exports of raw materials;
  • Improved conditions for women in rural areas;
  • Strong job creation and skills transfer in the shea kernel processing industry;
  • Structuring the shea kernel industry and improving the income of women's kernel-collecting cooperatives.

Mali Shi website : Click here

In portfolio since: 2023

I&P releases its Annual Impact Report

 

I&P is thrilled to announce the release of its Annual Impact Report for the year 2023.

The report offers a comprehensive overview of I&P's activities, achievements, and impact throughout the year, showcasing the growth and transformational changes spurred by the organization's commitment to entrepreneurship in Africa.

The anual impact report notably covers an overall look at I&P's activities and a detailed review of our impact, following our 6 impact pillars

 

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WIN Industries

Sector of activity: Distribution
Status: Investissement en capital
Associed fund: I&P Expansion, IPAE 2
Entrepreneur: Khady Cissé Diop
Country: Senegal
A propos:

WIN Industries is a Senegalese company founded in 2012, specializing in the production and marketing of mineral water in several bottle formats through the "O' Royal" brand. From the outset, WIN's mission has been to provide access to spring water for all. One of the company's innovations was the launch of a 30cl format, at the symbolic price of 100 FCFA (€0.15), at a time when bottled water was still reserved for the more affluent. 

Today, Win has expanded its offer to include more eco-friendly formats, including a reusable 19L bottle.

WIN Industries is planning a partial migration to medium and large bottle sizes to minimize the plastic/liter of water ratio while still offering affordable prices, and will implement a plastic bottle recycling scheme in neighborhoods.

 

The entrepreneur

The project is led by a dynamic and experienced entrepreneur, Khady Cissé DIOP.  

Khady Cissé Diop has 15 years' experience in the telecoms sector, notably with Ericsson and TIGO (operator now Free) as account manager and then sales and distribution director. She co-founded Baraka in 2013, the 1st distributor of telecom products for TIGO in Senegal, which she managed for 3 years. She became CEO of Win Industries in 2016. Khady has strong commercial skills and is well versed in distribution thanks to her experience at Baraka. 

 

Partnership with I&P

I&P, through the I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs 2 (IPAE 2) fund, has chosen to invest in WIN INDUSTRIES in order to support the company's consolidation and growth ambitions, while lending a helping hand on operational, governance and expansion issues. As an impact fund, IPAE 2 is also committed to supporting the growth of an eco-responsible industrial company that is equally aware of the economic, social and environmental issues involved.

"In this new stage of its development, we needed a partner with definite added value. I&P's solid reputation, experience and expertise in similar sectors in Africa were the reasons for choosing Win Industries. With I&P, and thanks to better governance of the Company, Win Industries hopes to ensure the long-term future of its brand and conquer the national and sub-regional market." Khady Cissé DIOP 

 

Expected impact

  • Improving access to drinking water (SDG 6) 
  • Support for women's entrepreneurship 
  • Job creation 
  • Improving CSR practicesa
In portfolio since: 2023

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