Easy access to safe drinking water in unserved urban and peri-urban communities by establishing a network of water ATM filtration units

Easy access to safe drinking water in unserved urban and peri-urban communities by establishing a network of water ATM filtration units

Easy access to safe drinking water in unserved urban and peri-urban communities by establishing a network of water ATM filtration units. Sector: Wash Year of establishment: 2008 Investment need: 150,000 USD    Company description The Company was established in 2008 to provide clean and affordable drinking water to low income earners. The company uses water from the National Water Grid, which is then filtered/purified and sold in 5 – and 20 – litre jerry cans. The company does direct deliveries to grocery stores, supermarkets and the institutional market. Secondly, it sells through 6 franchise – managed water kiosks, which work with a network of commission-based agents that sell water door-to-door. The Company received a matching grant from Connect to Grow and UKAid of US$50,00 and contributed another US$50,000 for a market survey, to provide in-depth insight in potential consumer purchase barriers and drivers and subsequently to pilot 5 water ATMs, the pilot results of which will become available before the end of the year. Investment opportunity The Company is looking to invest in the local production and exploitation of water ATMs. Whereas the water kiosks serve households via a door-to-door delivery model, water ATMs target consumers who are on-the-move. Team The Company founder has over five years’ experience in the Industry and currently employs thirteen members of staff. Social impact Access to clean water is a major issue for large sections of Uganda’s population with deaths from preventable diseases caused by water- and sanitation-related deficiencies, the Company provides clean, hygienic, at an affordable prices for the base of the...
To be the No. 1 Quality Retail Pharmacy in Uganda by Superior service Knowledge and accessibility to the widest range of products

To be the No. 1 Quality Retail Pharmacy in Uganda by Superior service Knowledge and accessibility to the widest range of products

To be the No. 1 Quality Retail Pharmacy in Uganda by Superior service Knowledge and accessibility to the widest range of products Sector: Healthcare Year of establishment: 2008 Investment need: 550,000 USD    Company description The Company was established in 2008 by a Uganda Pharmacist and his wife to fulfill the market gap related to providing affordable, quality care and medicines to middle income consumers. The Company currently has 8 pharmacy outlets in Kampala ; 90% of current turnover is related to walk-in clients who pay cash, the remaining 10% relates to (1) clients who are insured and (2) wholesale sales to hospitals and NGO’s. The Company cleverly targets middle income consumers who look for affordable, quality healthcare.  Investment Opportunity The proposed investment is related to 5 opportunities, namely: Setting up a wholesale division Expansion of the number of branches Launch of an ERP-system Grow the volume and turnover of existing branches Re-financing of current loan Entrepreneurial Team The company founder holds a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy, and an MBA in Financial Management, and had extensive working experience in marketing and supply chain management, prior to setting up The Company. Also, he successfully launched one of the dominant drug importers and distributors. He has built a competent management team with all required expertise in Operations & HR-management, procurement and finance. Social impact The business has strong social impact by ensuring the availability of quality drugs and healthcare at affordable prices. The company currently employs 50 full time staff, but also offers internship and training opportunities to university students. The company also engages in social activities, e.g. they organize medical camps...
Integrated commercial grains processing, animal feed and poultry farm by innovative operations

Integrated commercial grains processing, animal feed and poultry farm by innovative operations

Integrated commercial grains processing, animal feed and poultry farm by innovative operations Sector: Agriculture Year of establishment: 2012 Investment need: 560,000 USD  Company Description The Company was established in 2012 as a commercial poultry farm specialising in the production of table eggs, maize and commercial feeds. In 2013 and 2014 the company ran successfully on deep litter, reaching 85-90% of chicken laying eggs, instead market average of 70%. The company is looking to move into a cage system to house more chicken and increase production and have a more efficient operations. The company has halted production as it installs mechanised system of farming and pre-ordered equipment for installation of 3 silos, a dryer and feed processing machine. The company showed turnover growth from $ 89.000 in 2013 to $ 363.000 in 2015 in the same period, profit margin grew from -24% to 41%. Investment Opportunity The company needs an investment to expand and mechanize the farm. The company identifies 3 main sources of revenue: sales of eggs, production and sales of high quality dried maize and poultry feed.    Entrepreneur and Team The company is family owned and has managed to keep the core team of its workers onboard even when they halted production to install machinery. Impact Eggs are the cheapest source of protein to a developing nation like Uganda, diversifying one-sided diets. The farm employs numerous people and trains them in farm practices. Quality dried maize and feeds allow other poultry farmers to run a profitable poultry business.  ...
Leading egg producer in Eastern Uganda through innovative methods

Leading egg producer in Eastern Uganda through innovative methods

Leading egg producer in Eastern Uganda through innovative methods Sector: Agriculture Year of establishment: 2007 Turnover 2015: 200,000 USD Investment need: 150,000 USD    Product, market and potential The Company was established in 2007 with only 500 birds, the farm has grown its operations to over 17,000 birds mainly layers for egg production, the farm currently produces over 250 trays of eggs daily. In 2011, the Company diversified with a piggery unit currently housing 300 pigs and also offers capacity building training for youth and farmers in collaboration with AVSI an International NGO. The eggs are mainly sold in Eastern Uganda due to the high demand with some exports to Kenya while the piglets are sold locally to farmers for rearing and the mature pigs sold in the local markets for slaughter. The growth in the poultry subsector in the country has not been able to match the growing demand for the poultry products especially for local breeds both domestically and in the regional markets. Entrepreneur and Team The farm was established by a civil engineer by profession with over 10 years of experience in poultry farming. Currently the farm employs 20 permanent staff and over 30 casual laborers. Investment need The company seeks an investment of 150,000 USD. It intends to expand its business operations and invest in more poultry houses, increased number of layers so as to increase production from 250 to 500 trays of eggs daily. This will be achieved by increasing the current number of layers on the farm from 17,000 to 27,000. The growth in the eggs production will require capital investment in construction of...
Online banking and digital credit market platform

Online banking and digital credit market platform

Online banking and digital credit market platform Sector: Fin Tech Year of establishment: 2014 Turnover: USD 70K-100K Investment need: 500K Product, market solution and potential The company was established in 2014. They developed a banking and digital credit market platform integrated with mobile tools that enable Savings and Credit Cooperative Organisations SACCOS and Microfinance institutions MFIs to lend money to growing businesses in East Africa.  Rural Cooperatives that work with urban based financiers are able to get working capital loans. Whereas lenders can provide financing to this market segment, they are also able to monitor borrower repayment patterns to provide a credit rating as basis for credit underwriting. The company offers a mobile and web based user friend platform for Savings and Credit Cooperatives organisations (SACCOS) and Microfinance institutions (MFIs), creating ease of financial transactions and reducing the risks in the microfinance industry. The company has software that provides substantial data and information to enable credit underwriters in the micro finance market make good judgement on clients prior to advancing credit. Entrepreneur and Team The company is a registered limited liability company founded by a team of innovative youth who have won the Resilient Africa award and the World Summit award 2015.  One of the founders is a certified entrepreneur with a background in the financial services industry, particularly conversant with electronic payment systems. He also has a background in a telecom industry and exposure to government projects working with savings and cooperative organizations (SACCOS). Turnover and Investment need The company received a grant from USAID to reach out to more SACCOs and is looking to raise an extra $500,000 to...