Cofina Sénégal SA

Debt of March 2019

As part of a larger transaction of € 12 M, BIO has given a loan of € 3 M to Cofina Sénégal.

Amount

€ 3,000,000.00

Type of investment

Debt

Development impacts

  • Local economic growth
  • Private sector consolidation/innovation
  • Financial inclusion

Beneficiary locations

Sub-Saharan Africa: Senegal

Investment field

Financial Institutions

Activity

Microfinance Institution

Organisation

Cofina Sénégal SA

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Cofina Sénégal SA

  • Subsidy € 4,320.00 (2019)
  • Debt € 3,000,000.00 (2019)

Cofina is a young pan-African mesofinance group. BIO's transaction consists in providing EUR 12m of long term debt to its most mature entities, being in Senegal and Ivory Coast to support the growth of their MSME portfolio.

Cofina Sénégal SA

Cofina started its activities in 2014 and is now one of the leading MFIs in 4 of its 6 countries. Cofina was initially focusing its activities on income generating loans and guarantees to unbanked MSMEs. In 2016, it started to deploy retail activities providing current accounts, savings accounts, notes, bank cards, online transfer services, insurance products to its clients who were usually excluded from formal financial services.

Cofina is still a young pan-African mesofinance group in deployment phase. However, its unique business model, innovative products, entrepreneurial mindset, agility, understanding of its market, and the level of professionalism of its top management make of Cofina a major MFI disruptor.

Development impacts

  • Local economic growth

    Financing Cofina will improve local MSME financing while their contribution is vital;

    Direct and indirect job creation (average 47% increase in staff costs within next 2y)

  • Private sector consolidation/innovation

    COFINA provides a broad offer of innovative and efficient financial services

  • Financial inclusion

    By extending the offer of financial products available to MSMEs, BIO’s financing participates to financial inclusion;

    Cofina helps MSMEs to move towards more formalisation.

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