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Greenlight Planet raises $90 million to bring off-grid solar to new energy users

ImpactAlpha, September 22 – Africa and Asia’s off-grid solar sector has been on an upmarket march in recent years, shifting away from individual households to small commercial or community solar users. But a new $90 million funding round for Greenlight Planet signals that investors are still committed to emerging markets’ first-time and low-income solar energy consumers. 

Lumos clinches $35 million from DFC to expand energy access in Nigeria

ImpactAlpha, September 15 – Netherlands-based Lumos sells solar systems to West African businesses and households that lack reliable access to energy. Lumos sells 80-watt and 160-watt systems on a pay-as-you-go basis through partnerships with mobile operators like MTN.  An investment from the U.S. International Development Finance Corp. aims to help Lumos produce and sell 160,000

Dairy processor Tanga Fresh clinches fresh capital and support for smallholder farmers

ImpactAlpha, September 14 – Tanga Fresh’s growth over nearly 25 years has made it the largest dairy processing company in Tanzania. The company, which processes 80,000 liters of milk per day, raised equity financing from Dutch investment firm DOB Equity to meet rising demand from East African consumers. Farmer support from development nonprofit Solidaridad Network

BIMA raises $30 million to offer low-cost microinsurance

ImpactAlpha, September 9 – Stockholm-based BIMA provides mobile health, life and accident microinsurance to first-time customers. It has issued more than 35 million policies in Asia and Africa. COVID has spurred a surge in demand for its telehealth consultations and health policies. China-based fintech investor CreditEase Fintech Investment Fund led the funding round. Existing investors

Smart subsidies for Africa’s high risk, low return smallholder finance market

A financing model from Aceli is looking to turn tens of millions of dollars in donor capital into hundreds of millions in lending by mitigating risks and boosting the returns for lenders to the least-served and most impactful African agribusinesses.

Mali’s Energy+ raises $1 million to expand access to off-grid solar products

ImpactAlpha, August 26 – Many pay-as-you-go solar startups in Africa have moved “up market,” focusing on small commercial or community solar energy access. Not Energy+. As a new company in a frontier market, Energy+ is selling basic home solar products from d.light to Malian households. Its equity round from VentureBuilder, Cordaid Investment Management and the

With ‘mezzanine capital,’ iungo seeks to fill a gap for East Africa’s small and growing family businesses

ImpactAlpha, Aug. 24 – AA Fisheries is the kind of enterprise impact investors talk about all the time. But too few turn talk into the capital such businesses need to survive and thrive.  The fish farm supplier in Eastern Uganda was a solid performer until the COVID crisis shut it down. But solid is not