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Catalyst Fund II

Catalyst Fund II is a private equity fund which invests in East Africa, with primary target countries Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, and a secondary focus on Rwanda, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Fund invests in SMEs and other fast growing companies that operate in the consumer goods, financial services, manufacturing, and healthcare sectors.

Catalyst Fund II

Catalyst Fund II is a private equity fund which invests in East Africa, with primary target countries Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, and a secondary focus on Rwanda, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Fund invests in SMEs and other fast growing companies that operate in the consumer goods, financial services, manufacturing, and healthcare sectors.

About the fund

Access to capital is a major hurdle for SMEs in East Africa, and many businesses require strategic input as well as growth capital to reach the next stage of institutionalisation. Given the prevalence of the informal sector, the creation of formal jobs is of particular importance in this region. Formal jobs ensure better working conditions for employees, as well as social and medical insurance benefits, and increase government revenues through tax receipts. Operating in a challenging business environment, Catalyst II adds value to its portfolio companies by working alongside management to ensure implementation of best practice reporting, governance, health, safety, and other social and environmental standards. With an investment of USD 8 million in Catalyst Fund II, SIFEM will contribute to foster economic growth, support sustainable job creation, and promote the integration of the target countries into the world economy.

Investments by the fund

             
Date Name Country Industry Status
2016 Company 1 Kenya Food products and beverages Active
2018 Company 2 Kenya Personal and household goods Active
2018 Company 3 Kenya Banking Active
Reference code
2017-01
Status
Active
Date of commmitment
December 2016
Date of exit
-
Fund size
USD
175,000,000
SIFEM commitment
USD
8,000,000
Asset class
Private Equity
Investment strategy
Investment through Fund
Fund manager
Catalyst Principal Partners