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COVID-recovery financing facilities aim to bridge capital gaps for small and growing businesses

A spate of efforts have arisen to prevent the emerging markets' small businesses sector from collapsing, which would decimate the enterprises, the funds that have backed them, and the impact they're having.

VestedWorld makes early-stage investments in Vanu and GET IT

ImpactAlpha, June 15 – VestedWorld invests in early-stage companies based in or serving Africa. Chicago-based impact investor’s two latest investments are Vanu, a Boston-based internet tech company, and Kigali, Rwanda-based GET IT, a food distributor. Vanu makes equipment and software to help mobile operators affordably build and operate cellular networks in rural areas. The company’s

Dragon Farming secures loan to expand smallholder reach in Ghana

ImpactAlpha, June 9 – Ghana-based Dragon Farming produces sustainable soy-based feed for poultry and aquaculture farms. An €800,000 loan from Agri-Business Capital Fund will enable Dragon to procure soy beans from 14,000 regional smallholder farmers and grow its production by as much as 40% this year. Agri-Business Capital Fund, a blended-capital fund managed by Bamboo

Pearl Capital backs Ugandan seed distributor Naseco

ImpactAlpha, June 29 – East Africa-focused agriculture impact investor Pearl Capital Partners committed 4.6 billion Ugandan shillings ($1.2 million) to Naseco to distribute improved seed varieties that will help Ugandan farmers boost yields and incomes. Pearl made the investment from its €20 million ($22 million) Yield Uganda Investment Fund. Naseco is the Yield Fund’s seventh investment. Pearl