Finance and Investment

To bridge West Africa’s supply-demand gap in finance for agricultural and export-ready goods, the Trade Hub facilitates connections and builds the capacity of businesses, financial institutions, and strategic partners. Our activities include:

Identifying an investment pipeline for businesses. By country and by value chain, the Trade Hub maps the financing needs of qualified firms and matches them with potential financing sources.

Partnering with financial institutions. Starting with countries in the investment pipeline, the Trade Hub is establishing long-term partnerships with regional banks, local financial institutions, social impact funds, and investors. We build our financial partners’ understanding of the market potential of export-ready and agribusiness companies; in turn, these partners help us secure financing and investment for these firms.

Generating deals through financial intermediaries. A regional network of financial advisors, trained by the Trade Hub, provides consulting services to businesses and helps them obtain finance, working through our network of financial institution partners to link businesses with sources of investment and bring deals to closure. We currently have 28 financial advisors in eight countries.

Strengthening the financial skills of partner organizations. By building partner organizations’ financial acumen, the Trade Hub helps them improve their creditworthiness. We also help them develop capacity in areas such as service delivery to members, which expands and bolsters their membership base.

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Trade Hub Financial Advisors

Benin

AIMS: Charles Polet, , +233 266 308 678

Growth Mosaic: Wayne Miranda, , +233 302 902 270
IMEXTRA: Ali Saib Diallo, , + 226 75 83 97 58, +233 264 414 862

Burkina Faso

Africana Finances: Yacouba Romba, , +226 7820 1166, +225 5412 2202
Agrigrowth Management: Abdoul Nasser Zongo, , +226 7642 7105
IMEXTRA: Ali Saib Diallo, , +226 75 83 97 58, +233 264 414 862

Cote d’Ivoire

Africana Finances: Yacouba Romba, , +226 7820 1166, +225 5412 2202
AIMS: Charles Polet, , +233 266 308 678
EM Consulting: Emmanuel Diabaté, , +225 2001 1020
IMEXTRA: Ali Saib Diallo, , +226 75 83 97 58, +233 264 414 862

GROUP O: Kouadio Oba Rose-Jose, , +255 8792 1526

Ghana

AIMS: Charles Polet, , +233 266 308 678
DAB Consult Ghana Ltd.: Windfred Torgby, , +233 204 751 842
Growth Mosaic: Wayne Miranda, , +233 302 902 270
IESO Agribusiness: Francis Osei, , +233 208 508 800
IMEXTRA: Ali Saib Diallo, , +226 75 83 97 58, +233 264 414 862
Solutions Consulting: Solomon B. Quaye, , +233 208 141 985

Mali

ADG Consulting: Moctar Traoré, , +223 7645 4084
7 Consult: Garibou Yalcouyé, , +223 6659 3182

Niger

Africana Finances: Yacouba Romba, , +226 7820 1166, +225 5412 2202

Nigeria

Gapris Consults: Gabriel Etim Umoren, , +234 803 595 7060
Georges Davidson & Associates: Dr. Bola Onasayna, , +234 803 305 8847
Highnet Resources: Vivian Ani, , +234 803 517 9897
Lighthouse Investments: Bode Oladapo, +234 803 429 5964

Pearl Mutual Consulting: Olufunmi Adepoju, , +234 816 578 9484

Zebra Multiservices: Sola Bayowa, , +234 803 331 0686

Sénégal

La Financière Africaine: Abdoulaye Dieng, , +221 77 674 2958

Togo

AIMS: Charles Polet, , +233 266 308 678
IMEXTRA: Ali Saib Diallo, , +226 75 83 97 58, +233 264 414 862

    Finance and Investment News

  • Second loan allows Ivorian cashew company to construct modern processing facility

    May 15, 2017
    In March 2017, the Ivorian cashew company, Ivorienne des Noix de Cajou (INC) received a loan of $8 million — capital that will enable INC to build a modern cashew-processing facility that will employ 300 full-time staff and secure about 6,000 MT of raw cashew nuts for processing. This loan is the second of two loans ...
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  • AGOA outreach workshop guides Ghanaian companies through export financing

    May 8, 2017
    An April 28 workshop continued a series of Trade Hub-led outreach and information events to help Ghanaian businesses understand the basics of the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Co-hosted with the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) in Accra, the one-day workshop focused on export financing, specifically contracts and payments. Mr. William Addo, ...
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  • New loan allows Ivorian cashew export company to start processing next year, thanks to Trade Hub support

    May 8, 2017
    The Ivorian cashew export company, Société Coopérative d’Anacarde du Kafigue avec Conseil d’Administration (SCAK COOP-CA), obtained a loan of $2,916,667  in March 2017 to purchase and export raw cashew nuts, and plans to install a processing plant next year,  allowing the company to expand its service offerings and increase its revenue in the long term. In ...
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  • In Ghana, agribusiness exporters learn how to access finance to grow their businesses

    April 4, 2017
    Seasoned and potential Ghanaian agribusiness exporters from various value chains—including cashew, shea, cereals, aquaculture and tubers—learned types and sources of financing available at the latest event in the Trade Hub’s information series on the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). About 40 exporters attended the March 24 event in Accra, Ghana. The Hub’s Finance and ...
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  • Trade Hub partners with Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce to build SMEs’ business-planning skills

    March 20, 2017
    To address a chronic access to finance gap, the Trade Hub and the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) organized a business-plan development workshop for 15 agribusiness small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on March 8 in Lagos, Nigeria. “One major challenge that hinders businesses’ ability to access finance in the region is poorly developed business plans that ...
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  • Trade Hub trains agricultural assistance organizations in keys to finance

    March 13, 2017
    Regional organizations can make essential connections between West African agribusinesses and financial institutions. But these organizations themselves need tools to improve their clients’ access to finance. “After we have identified those farms and agribusinesses which have the potential to grow, we often are unable to help them apply successfully for loans,” said Mme. Kassambara Dienebou Diallo ...
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  • In Mali, Trade Hub workshop for bankers to transform agribusiness lending

    February 27, 2017
    Related video here Coris Bank officials in Mali learned risk mitigation strategies for agricultural lending and how to better negotiate with loan applicants during a Trade Hub training in the capital, Bamako, February 17-18, 2017. Following similar workshops in Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, the training walked 15 participants through practical modules on different agribusiness value ...
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  • Readying financial access program for small women-owned businesses in Côte d’Ivoire

    February 13, 2017
    The Trade Hub’s finance and investment specialists held a series of meetings from January 30 to February 3 with prospective beneficiaries of the Trade Hub’s Gender Access to Finance Strategy, soon to be rolled out in Côte d’Ivoire. Business Development Services Specialist Ms. Kafui Djonou, Finance and Investment Specialist Mr. Charles Adegnandjou and a local consultant ...
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  • In Côte d’Ivoire, two financial institutions coached in lending practices for smaller agribusinesses

    February 13, 2017
    Ivorian bank officials learned risk management strategies for agribusinesses and how to better negotiate with loan applicants during a Trade Hub coaching mission in three cities, January 27-February 3. The training for Coris Bank and Oikocredit  agents followed a 2016 agreement between the two banks and USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) to expand loan opportunities ...
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  • Ghanaian cereals processor can market more, thanks to Trade Hub-facilitated loan

    January 23, 2017
    Ghanaian cereal processing and marketing firm AgriAccess Ghana Limited secured a loan of GHC 650,000 (US$150,000) to supply larger quantities of grain to Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited, its biggest client. “The demand for our company’s products grows by the day, and our current capacity does not enable it meet this demand,” said Mr. Anthony T. Poore, ...
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  • More efficient, higher producing factory layout for Côte d’Ivoire’s O’sey Collection

    January 23, 2017
    Ivorian apparel maker O’sey Collection received two weeks of intensive Trade Hub technical assistance in January to establish efficient production lines in its new factory. The new industrial layout should help increase O’sey’s workforce from 30 to 200 as well as boost  production capacity from 300 to 1,500 shirts and T-shirts per day, bound for ...
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  • Access to Finance Gender Strategy launches in Côte d’Ivoire, opens financing for Ivorian women-owned businesses

    December 20, 2016
    The Trade Hub officially extended its Access to Finance Gender Strategy to Côte d’Ivoire through a series of events from November 28-December 4 in Abidjan. NSIA Banque worked with the Trade Hub’s finance and investment Specialist, Charles Adegnandjou, to select 30 women entrepreneurs whose small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have a solid management structure, a ...
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  • Hub’s Financial Advisor helps Ivorian rice processor access financing to increase processing capacity

    December 12, 2016
    Through its Financial Advisor network, the Trade Hub helped facilitate a 300 million West African Franc ($491,693) loan for Agricultural Management Company – Food and Commerce (AMC-FC), a major rice processor in Côte d’Ivoire. In addition to a previous $1.25 million Hub-facilitated loan, AMC-FC now has about $1.3 million to boost its processing capacity of ...
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  • Seminar in Burkina Faso trains financiers on facilitating $20 million in financing to agribusinesses

    December 12, 2016
    From December 3-5, the Trade Hub teamed with Coris Bank International to train 16 bank staff and the Hub’s Burkinabe Financial Advisors on “Financing of Agribusiness Value Chains” in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Jean-Francois Guay, the Hub’s Finance and Investment Team Lead, and Gerard Mariotte, an international finance consultant, developed and led the training modules for the ...
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  • Women-owned businesses in Burkina Faso continue to thrive under the Hub’s Access to Finance Strategy

    November 28, 2016
    As part of its Gender Access to Finance Strategy, the Trade Hub is working with women cereals processors in Burkina Faso to access streams of financing to grow their businesses. From November 7-19, the Hub’s Business Development Specialist, Kafui Djonou, met with these women in Ouagadougou and Bobo to assess how these loans have impacted ...
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