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Mastercard Africa Growth Fund Invests $27 Million in Africa-Focused Investment Firms Chui Ventures, VestedWorld, and SME Impact Fund

The Mastercard Africa Growth Fund has announced investments in three Africa-focused investment firms: Chui Ventures, VestedWorld, and SME Impact Fund. 

The three firms will receive $9 million, $10 million, and $8 million, respectively, from the Africa Growth Fund, bringing the total number of funds to five.

The Mastercard Africa Growth Fund has previously invested $2.2 million in Aruwa Capital Management and $5 million in Inua Capital.

Aruwa Capital was founded in 2019 and is one of a handful of African investment firms founded or headed by women.

The firm, which invests in women or businesses targeted at women, has invested in Fastizers, CrowdForce, Taeillo, Pngme, and Lifestores Pharmacy.

The Africa Growth Fund is an initiative of the Mastercard Foundation aimed at closing the financing gap in Africa’s impact investment space.

The fund, launched in December 2022, is a $200 million fund of funds and receives support from Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P), ESPartners (ESP), Criterion Institute, Genesis Analysis, and Africa Communications Group.

These partners provide business development services to portfolio companies and help with fund advisory, communications, and diversity/inclusion advisory.

Samuel Akyianu, Managing Director of the Mastercard Foundation Africa Growth Fund, said:

“We are excited to welcome Chui Ventures, Vested World, and SME Impact Fund to our expanding family of investment vehicles. These strategic partnerships represent our ongoing commitment to fostering sustainable development in Africa through impactful investments.”

SME Impact Fund is a Tanzanian fund manager that targets investments in the country’s agricultural sector.

So far, it has made 44 investments worth over $15 million. These investments have reached 23,000 smallholder farmers in Tanzania and created more than 3,000 jobs.

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