West Africa SME Growth Fund


Last updated 12 May 2020, by Impactyield.

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The West Africa SME Growth Fund is established with the objective of spurring wealth and employment creation primarily along the agribusiness value chain in West Africa by providing capital to small and medium sized companies (SMEs) whose financing needs fall between the limits of traditional microfinance institutions, and large commercial sources of finance such as banks and private equity funds, The Sponsor and Investment Manager believe strongly that plugging the missing middle of the financing spectrum is vital to catalyzing wealth and employment creation in the region.

Effective April 2012, shares of WASGF were transferred to Injaro Agricultural Holdings Company, Ltd, (IAHCL) a limited liability company sponsored by Injaro. IAHCL aims to raise capital commitments from investors in multiple closing to achieve total commitments of USD 50 million in order ot invest in small and medium-sized enterprises along the agricultural value chain. IAHCL was formed as part of a merger and restructuring of WASGF and West Africa Agricultural Investment Fund (WAAIF), a fund created with the objective of investing in companies that produce and distribute sees to smallholder farmers, are private equity funds promoted and managed by Injaro Investments.

Financial description

The Fund will have an average investment size of between US$1m and US$1.5m with investment sizes ranging between US$300,000 and US$3 million in the form of debt, quasi-equity, and equity. The Fund will seek to take significant minority stakes with investor protections, and will actively seek co-investment with like-minded investors.
The Investment Manager will structure investments around potential exits from the outset. Exits are anticipated through the extensive use of self-liquidating instruments such as debt with equity upside participation, buy-backs, “graduation” sales to larger PE players, trade sales, roll-ups and consolidation. The Investment Manager and Sponsor have developed strong regional networks to maximize options in this regard.

7 years

of track record


the year funded

25,000,000 USD


Asset manager

SDG goals

SDG targets

Promote policies to support job creation and growing enterprises

Full employment and decent work with equal pay

Increase access to financial services and markets

Impact Category

Key performance indicators

Fund overview

Asset manager: Injaro Investments

Product track record: Fund has 7 years of track record

Target IRR: 15%

Committed Capital: 5,500,000 USD (US Dollar)

Target return category: Risk-adjusted market-rate of return

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Inception year: 2016

Vintage year: n.a.

Target region: , , ,

Target close date: n.a.

Product term: 10 years

Assets under management: 25,000,000 USD (US Dollar)

Investment size: Min: 300,000; Max: 3,000,000; Avg: 1,000,000

Co-investment policy: ,

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Fund investments to date: 1

Fund investments to date exited or repaid: 0

Management fee: 3%

Carried interest: 20%

Hurdle rate: 6%%

GIIN Investors' Council Investment: Yes

Limited Partners / Investors: Lundin For Africa, Injaro Investments Ltd

Limited Partner / Investor Type: Development Finance Institution (DFI), Family Office, Other Institutional Investors


E-mail: n.a.

Website: http://www.injaroinvestments.com

Phone number: 233265726414.00

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Impact Performance


Impact thesis

Direct impacts will include revenue growth, job creation, wages paid within investee companies. It is estimated that the Fund will support the creation of over 3,000 full-time positions over the term of the Fund.
Indirect benefits will be measured by three indicators: increased local procurement attributable to investee companies, improved incomes and food security for rural smallholder producers and consumers, and income taxes paid to government. It is estimated that the Funds will lead to attributable improvements in the lives of 24,000 individuals, the majority of whom are smallholder farmers.

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