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Goodwell’s Umunthu fund backs Nigerian fintech provider Oradian

Oradian helps microfinance institutions reduce operating costs and cope with intermittent Internet connectivity as well as storms, floods and fires. From northern Nigeria, Oradian has expanded to seven African countries with more than 50 clients that serve more than a million customers. The amount of Goodwell’s investment was not disclosed. In January, Amsterdam-based Goodwell, which backs

Grassroots Business Fund eyes regional fund strategies

Inclusive Economy The international impact investment firm is developing two funds for Africa and Latin America PC: Grassroots Business Fund Grassroots Business Fund is developing two funds for Africa and Latin America based on lessons learned from its first $49 million fund. The global impact investment firm invests — mostly through mezzanine debt — in businesses generating income and cost savings for

Cephus raises $51 million for high-growth Ethiopian businesses

The new private-equity fund will back small and growing Ethiopian businesses with a focus on manufacturing, agro-processing and services. Growth-stage companies have the potential to create millions of jobs in Ethiopia, Africa’s second-largest country by population, according to the World Bank. The Cephus fund is not impact-focused, but it aims to address the funding gap for

Goodwell raises €20 million feeder fund for African impact investing

Impact Tech The Dutch firm invests in young companies focusing on financial inclusion in Africa and India PC: Goodwell Investments The Dutch firm invests in young companies focusing on financial inclusion in Africa and India. The €20 million ($24.5 million) raised from private investors is the anchor investment for its €100 million uMunthu fund, launched last year

Too much of a good thing in Kenya?

A new report on “The State of Social Impact Investing in Kenya” suggests that a growing number of impact investors, many of them pursuing bigger deals, may be driving up valuations and distorting the market. The perception that social impact investors, in Kenya and elsewhere, may overpay for stakes in startups is not new. As Jonathan

Opportunity zones, Big Society’s community fund, credit in Brazil, Kenya’s impact glut

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: The New Revivalists Turning capital gains into community investments. The Investing in Opportunities Act tucked into the recent US tax bill could draw billions of dollars in private capital to low-income communities in every state. Meet the policy wonks who made it happen. John Lettieri, a Republican, and Steve Glickman, a Democrat,

Jibu raises $7 million to expand clean water franchises

The social enterprise uses a franchise model to help locals in Eastern and Southern Africa start businesses that provide clean water to their communities. Close to 850 million people worldwide lack access to basic water services. The capital from Jibu’s Series B round will be used to expand in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, where the