Conergies

Sector of activity: Energy
Status: Sortie
Associed fund: IPAE 1
Entrepreneur: Mamadou Sanankoua
Employees: 85
Country: Ivory Coast
A propos:

Conergies designs, engineers, installs and provides maintenance for air conditioning and industrial cooling systems.

The group gathers two subsidiaries in Mali (RICA Services) and in Côte d'Ivoire (ARIC). Being comfortably settled in Mali, the group plans on a large-scaled deployment in Côte d'Ivoire where the construction market remains globally depressed. Around 80% of Abidjan towers need restoration and virtually no investment were made in the past 15 years within the sector. The local offer needs a structuration force which RICA is able to embody.

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Mamadou Sanankoua graduated in Mechanics Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal and in International Project Management from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce of Paris. His academic path thus combines technical and financial skills with business engineering experiences earned within great industrial firms (Schneider Electrics, Daikin Europe). He decided to take the lead in the family business then ran by his father in 2001 to pursue its leadership over the sub-region alongside with his brothers and a friend.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

I&P has committed alongside with Conergies:

• To bring technical assistance resources needed to renew the Management Information System

• To support through marketing assistance and guide the company during its rebranding process

• To build up the governance

 

KEY IMPACTS

• A dozen jobs created in the new Ivorian subsidiary

• Awareness and expertise brought over efficient energy

• Health and security trainings for the employees

 

In portfolio since: 2012
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Oxus

Sector of activity: Micro-finance
Status: Sortie
Associed fund: IPAE 1
Entrepreneur: Oxus Group
Employees: 187
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
A propos:

Oxus DRC is a Greenfield microfinance institution initiated by ACTED and financed by OXUS Holding, Proparco and I&P. The IMF started its activities in September 2012 after having received the approval of the Central Bank of Congo in May 2012. 

OXUS DR Congo was launched in the province of Kinshasa and has now three branches: two in the capital city and one in Kikwit. OXUS DRC counts on extending quickly towards zones underserved in range of financial services. By 2018, Oxus DRC plans to have set up a network of about fifteen branches distributed on various regions of the country. It will provide to its clients a diversified range of credit products aiming at the small groups of merchants and the small and medium-sized individual companies. In the short term, Oxus DRC will also propose a range of products from savings to international money transfer.

The Oxus Group was created by ACTED in 2005 with the aim to fight poverty through the provision of microfinance services to the working poor. The group is committed to protecting and improving the lives of its clients while achieving solid financial results. Oxus MFIs offer adapted and socially oriented financial services to populations who are often excluded from the traditional banking system. Settled in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kirghizstan and DRC, Oxus has disbursed nearly 187,000 loans amounting to US$ 183 million.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

• I&P chairs OXUS’ Audit Committee and Social Performance Committee

• Technical assistance support, notably regarding the management of their social performance

 

KEY IMPACTS

• Access granted for the poorest to financial services

• Fight against poverty

 

 

In portfolio since: 2013

Pharmivoire Nouvelle

Sector of activity: Health
Status: Investissement en capital
Associed fund: IPAE 1
Entrepreneur: Elisabeth Kacou, Peter Aouely
Employees: 73
Country: Ivory Coast
A propos:

Pharmivoire Nouvelle is an Ivorian lab processing medical intravenous solutions. Pharmivoire was created when Copharminvest Holding bought the industrial lab PHARMIVOIRE in 1999. It is for now the only lab to locally produce and sell soft-packed intravenous solutions in French-Speaking West Africa. The company aims at becoming a leader on the West African Economic and Monetary Union, a market in real demand for medical goods while the sub-regional market imports 90% of this type of equipment.

 

COPHARMINVEST HOLDING was created in 1993 by the Ivorian Order of Pharmacists in order to comply with practitioners needs and set up economic tools within their sector by filling local industry needs as opportunities arise. This council gathers more than 100 private pharmacists.

 

THE ENTREPRENEURS

Dr. Elizabeth Kacou is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pharmivoire. Dr. Kacou is an officine-managing pharmacist with a dual profile  enhanced  by several management trainings (HEC Paris, HEC Executive Ivory Coast). 

The management of the company is held by Peter Aouely, the first non-pharmacist manager of the company with a strong entrepreneur background and a solid sense of business he acquired during his study at the Business School of Abidjan (ESCA).

 

PARTNESHIP WITH I&P

I&P is committed alongside with Pharmivoire:

• To finance a new type of equipment that will produce more profitable packs

• To set up employee profit-sharing plans with a bonus system

 

KEY IMPACTS

• Imports reduction on the intravenous solutions market

• Strong local added value

• Highly-qualified jobs

• Structured local pharmaceutic sector

 

In portfolio since: 2014
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Bakou Logistics

Sector of activity: Logistics
Status: Sortie
Associed fund: IPAE 1
Entrepreneur: Mamadou Traoré
Employees: 65
Country: Burkina Faso
A propos:

Bakou Logistics is a freight-by-lorry company settled in Burkina-Faso. Several dozens of trucks freighted by Bakou convey cotton, oil and gas between Burkina-Faso and the Guinea Gulf. The company beats a fierce local competition thanks to its high security and probity standards lately rewarded by the Best Transporter Award from Total Burkina.

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Mamadou Traoré’s father also worked in the cargo industry. After he graduated in Finance from HEC Belgium, Mamadou worked for Alstom from 2001 to 2006 as a Commercial Manager in Liège. He then decided to head back to his native country and to start his own business inspired by his family inheritance. Bakou Logistics’ success owns a lot to his father’s experience but Mamadou Traoré quickly took the lead and bred a brand new spirit within the profession

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

I&P committed alongside with Bakou Logistics

• To undertake technical missions in order to improve the GIS

• To bring the capital needed in the fleet expansion

• To enhance financial and auditing offices in the company

 

KEY IMPACTS

• 35 jobs created including 30 truck drivers with increased social conditions

• Incentives leading to the drivers empowerment through the purchase of their own trucks

• Emergence of a freight local leader, independent from international firms

• Improvement of local standards in terms of environment, social and governance themes

 

In portfolio since: 2013
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Voltacars Rental Services

Sector of activity: Service
Status: Investissement en capital
Associed fund: IPAE 1
Entrepreneur: Thomas Crand, Pierrick Morier, Franck Laurore
Employees: 35
Country: Ghana
A propos:

Voltacars Rental Services (VRS) is a long-term rental and servicing company based in Ghana.

Created in 2003 by two French entrepreneurs, Pierrick Morier and Thomas Crand, VRS goes with a fleet of 87 vehicles as a highly-competitive partner for international firms (Total, Alcatel…). Today, the company aims at becoming the top corporate car rental in Ghana.

 

 

THE ENTREPRENEURS

Voltacars is managed by Franck Laurore (General Director of VRS Africa), Francesco Ramella, (General Director of VRS Ghana), Jérémy Fabre (VRS Sénégal) and Ranya Bouchib (VRS Côte d’Ivoire)

The founders of the company, Pierrick Morier and Thomas Crand, are both members of the Board of Directors.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

I&P committed alongside VRS

• To structure the management, financial and strategic team of the company

• To finance and accompany their expansion towards abroad markets

 

EXPECTED IMPACTS

• Creation of local standards within a nascent market

• Development of a green cars offer

• Pollution control policy (waste oil recycled)

• Improvement of employees’ social conditions thanks to a healthcare system

 

 

 

 

In portfolio since: 2014
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Carrières du Moungo

Sector of activity: Construction
Status: Investissement en capital
Associed fund: IPAE 1
Entrepreneur: André Ngalaho & Laure Djoukam
Employees: 50
Country: Cameroon
A propos:

Created in 2005, Carrières du Moungo (CDM) is a company located in Cameroon which has developed sand quarry activities for BTP construction.

The company rapidly developed to meet a growing need for high-quality construction in Cameroon. CDM currently operates on 3 sites and has diversified its activities (crushed gravel, ready-mix concrete...).

 

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

André Ngalaho first worked within the sport community before investing in sand quarry and gravel pit. He created CDM with the financial support from his friends.

His wife Laure Djoukam started to work full-time in the company in 2009. She manages day-to-day operations while M. Ngalaho is responsible for the business development

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

I&P is committed alongside CDM to:

• Renew the company’s equipment and improve its profitability

• Bring Technical assistance to reinforce the financial, technical and operational management of CDM and to set up an social and environmental plan 

 

IMPACTS

• 70 full time employees, out of which more than 30 high-skilled and medium skilled jobs

• Salary is twice higher than other extraction companies

• CDM satisfies a strong local demand and its production subsidies itself to importations

• A large part of CDM’s output is produced and consumed locally

• All the suppliers of the company are local

 

In portfolio since: 2013
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Acep Burkina

Sector of activity: Micro-finance
Status: Investissement en capital
Associed fund: IPAE 1
Entrepreneur: Ousseni Kirakoya
Employees: 78
Country: Burkina Faso
A propos:

ACEP Burkina is a MFI specialized in the financing of micro companies and very small enterprises existing in towns and close suburbs. Granted credits are mainly used to finance required working capital and investments.

I&P and ACEP International which are old partners have decided to partner in 2008 to try to start a microfinance institution like ACEP in the country. In spite of a preexisting  important mutual fund present in town zone, small entrepreneurs remain hardly linked to microfinance. Besides, it does not exist for the moment in Burkina Faso, a microfinance institution specialized in individual credit with an effective and appropriate technique of credit risk analysis towards very small companies. 

Financings trough subventions have been secured from the French Agency of Development then an agreement has been obtained from the ministry of finances in June 2012. The microfinance institution has started its activities in October 2012. 

 

PARTNERSHIP WTH I&P

I&P is committed alongside ACEP Burkina to:

• Write the business plan and constitute the round table

• Support ACEP in the research of external funding to extend its portfolio

• Contribute to reinforce the skills of the management team through a technical assistance program

 

KEY IMPACTS

• ACEP Burkina will bring an offer adapted to the financing of town small entrepreneurs

• Set up a health coverage and a CSR policy, as well as a road safety plan

 

 

In portfolio since: 2013
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Finance Trust Bank

Sector of activity: Micro-finance
Status: Sortie
Associed fund: IPAE 1
Entrepreneur: Anne Nakawunde
Employees: 537
Country: Uganda
A propos:

 

Finance Trust Bank (FTB), one of the oldest MFIs in Uganda, started its operations in 1984. The company is licensed and regulated by Bank of Uganda as a Micro Deposit Taking Institution (MDI) and is recognized as a key player and part of Uganda’s formal financial sector.  FTB has 36 interconnected branches positioned all over the country and serves over 140,000 customers with a variety of savings and loan solutions including business loans, salary loans, school fees loans, savings accounts, fixed deposits and a money transfer service through Western Union Money Transfer.

Its mission is to provide valued relevant financial services to low and medium income people, especially women, for poverty reduction with a focus on excellent customer service and accessibility.

 

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

 

Anne Nakawunde is the Managing Director of Finance Trust Bank. Anne is a banker by profession with over 10 years’ practical experience in Banking and Microfinance. Previously she has worked in various capacities, at Finance Trust Bank as Head of Operations and Operations & Compliance Manager. Prior to Finance Trust Bank, Annet held various key positions at Pride Microfinance and Nile Bank Ltd.

holds a Master of Business Administration from Makere University, Kampala, with a major in finance. The Women’s World Banking network in New York recognized her as the "Financial Woman of the Year" in 2008.

 

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

 

I&P comitted alongside with FTB

• To bring strategic support

• To lead the operational comittee at the Board of Directors

 

KEY IMPACTS

• Access to credit and saving services for a large part of the population

• 173 743 individuals capitalize their savings at UFT

• 22 700 borrowers had their businesses funded in 2012

 

 

 

In portfolio since: 2013
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Acep Madagascar

Sector of activity: Micro-finance
Status: Investissement en capital
Associed fund: IPAE 1
Entrepreneur: Mboahangy Mahefa Edouard RANDRIAMIARISOA
Employees: 370
Country: Madagascar
A propos:

ACEP Madagascar is a financial institution for micro companies financing and SMEs. ACEP Madagascar was created in 2009 and positions as a major actor in microfinance industry in Madagascar. Its aim is to bring financial services (credit, saving, insurance) to populations traditionally excluded from the financial circuit because of their non-solvability.

ACEP Madagascar is one of Madagascar’s oldest MFIs. Thanks to its network of 6 regional branches and 42 agencies, it makes its financial products available to a wide range of customers.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

I&P is committed alongside ACEP Madagascar to:

• The standardization of management tools in the domain of computing, new technologies, and use of plastic money. 

• To think about environmental responsibility and social performance.

 

IMPACTS

• More than 350 jobs created

• Incomes have known a growth of +24% from 2010 to 2011

• Since its creation in 2009, ACEP has allowed credits to more than 19500 urban and suburb entrepreneurs 

 

In portfolio since: 2012
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2012

Banque de Développement des Comores

Sector of activity: Finance
Status: Sortie
Associed fund: IPAE 1
Entrepreneur: Marc Athiel
Country: Comoros
A propos:

The Comorian Development Bank (CDB) was created in 1982 by the Union of the Comoros, the AFD (French Agency for Development) and the European Investment Bank. Its initial goal was to promote the Comorian economic growth while financing for the medium-term production activities. Following a period when the CDB met great difficulties, a technical assistance mission was led by ACEP-International with AFD’s funding in 2008. A new credit policy was defined and the CDB has greatly developed its outstanding and is now profit-making since 2010.

 

 

In portfolio since: 2014
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