ASISA Enterprise and Supplier Development (ASISA ESD) is a South African fund committed to channelling investments from the savings and investment industry into SME development.
The ZAR 28M ARIZ guarantee (approximately €1.7M) granted by the AFD Group to ASISA ESD is designed to cover 50% of ASISA’s equity or quasi equity investments. Thanks to this guarantee, ASISA ESD will be able to support inclusive start-ups or SMEs with a significant social and/or environmental impact and help them reach financial sustainability.
The AFD Group’s ARIZ guarantee mechanism has been sharing risks with local financial institutions and investment funds for over ten years.
This project exemplifies AFD Group’s strong commitment to supporting social & inclusive businesses. Its ambition is to dedicate €1 billion to projects combining entrepreneurship and contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2023.
Together with @AFD_en, we are extending our ARIZ guarantee mechanism to @asisa_za Enterprise & Supplier Development Fund. Through this guarantee, we will be supporting social and inclusive start-ups and SMEs in #SouthAfrica https://t.co/vg1xzWVThQ pic.twitter.com/YHdhMv29Pt— Proparco (@Proparco) 14 juin 2019