Our solutions

Prise de participation SMEs

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Supporting growing SMEs

AFD Group partners with a wide range of local public and private financial intermediaries (commercial banks, microfinance institutions and non-bank institutions, such as leasing, factoring and insurance companies) to expand the range of products and services tailored to the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises.

PROPARCO and the FISEA facility also finance SMEs with equity and quasi-equity, either via direct investments in companies or via private equity funds. By investing in these companies, we support SMEs with strong development impacts and provide the capital required for the long-term growth of companies.



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Key figures


EUR 1.5bn for microenterprises/SMEs

in partnership with financial institutions

EUR 1bn of equity

committed to invest in SMEs by 2022

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Our financing solutions


Via partner investment funds


  • AFD Group, via PROPARCO and FISEA, invests in private equity funds for SMEs alongside other investors, for an average amount of €10 million. These funds subsequently invest in growing SMEs.

If you are an entrepreneur looking for local investors, you can contact our partner funds directly.

Growth Capital

Direct investments by PROPARCO or via the FISEA facility


  • PROPARCO invests in mature growth companies, with a turnover of over €10 million.
  • PROPARCO invests on behalf of the FISEA facility in MSMEs with major impact objectives and different financial profiles (maximum tickets of €7.5 million).

You are a growing SME and want to request an investment by PROPARCO?

Intermediated loans

Via local financial institutions
  • AFD Group allocates long-term loans to local financial institutions specialized in SME lending (credit lines earmarked for SMEs).

If you are looking for a loan or micro-loan to start or develop your activity, you can get information from AFD Group’s financial intermediaries in your country.

Our support and advisory solutions

In addition to its financial tools, PROPARCO deploys a range of technical assistance (TA) services on its own account or on behalf of FISEA to help its client SMEs improve and structure their governance and internal management, and improve their environmental and social practices via advisory, training and capacity building activities.

Our emblematic projects

Explore the map to discover some of the investment funds and financial institutions that AFD Group supports in Africa.


Investment type

Our local partners

To find out investment funds and financial institutions (banks, leasing companies, microfinance institutions, etc.) close to you, please select your country.

wdt_IDName of partnerPartner typeLocationwhat financing/services are available ?Eligible companiesContact
1Access Bank GhanaBankGhanaFinancial products and servicesMSMEshttps://www.ghana.accessbankplc.com/
2Access Bank NigeriaBankNigeriaFinancial products and servicesMSMEshttps://www.accessbankplc.com/
3Accion Quona Inclusion FundVenture capital FundEgypte, Kenya, Nigeria, Afrique du NordFinancial servicesFintech startups and MSMEshttps://quona.com/
4ACEP CameroonMicrofinanceCameroonFinancial products and servicesMSMEs/microfinancehttp://acep-cameroun.org/
5ACEP NigerMicrofinanceNigerFinancial products and servicesMSMEs/microfinancehttp://www.ietp.com/fr/entreprises/acep-niger
6ACTIVA CameroonBankCameroonFinancial products and servicesMSMEshttps://activa-cameroun.com/index.php/fr/
7Adenia Capital IVPrivate Equity FundsGhana, Senegal, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Guinea, MaliGrowth Capital 10 - €30MMSMEshttp://www.adenia.com/funds-and-investment
8ADP IIIPrivate Equity FundsAlgeria Botswana Burkina Faso Ivory Coast Ghana Kenya Morocco Mauritania Niger Nigeria Mozambique Namibia Uganda Tanzania Senegal Egypt Tunisia Multi-country AfricaGrowth Capital 20 - €100MMSMEshttps://amethis.com
10Advans CameroonBankCameroonFinancial products and servicesMSMEshttps://www.advanscameroun.com/
11Advans Côte d'IvoireMicrofinanceCôte d'IvoireFinancial products and servicesMSMEs/microfinancehttps://www.advanscotedivoire.com/
Partner typeLocationwhat financing/services are available ?

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