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Alliance Finance secures US $ 5mn funding from Swiss-based Enabling Qapital

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Sri Lanka’s oldest finance company Alliance Finance Company PLC (AFC) has secured a US $ 5 million medium-term financing facility from impact investing fund EMF Microfinance Fund AGmvK, Liechtenstein, advised by Swiss-based Enabling Qapital S.A. 


The financing facility will be used to support the COVID-impacted micro SME entrepreneurs across the country, in line with AFC’s strong mandate to uplift the livelihoods of marginalised communities and developing micro-SME entrepreneurs.    


Enabling Qapital S.A. (EQ) is an impact investment advisory company with strong ties, expertise and a proven track record in impact investing. EQ has built a state-of-the-art approach when it comes to microfinance and impact investments. EQ is the exclusive advisor to the Enabling Microfinance Fund (EMF). EQ has a global footprint with teams based in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Africa, Central Asia, East Asia and Latin America. The investments of EQ have reached over 6.2 million microfinance customers around the world and out of whom, 51 percent 
are females.


“This is a significant milestone for AFC and the funding provided by EQ will further strengthen our mandate for sustainable finance. 

Furthermore, I am very grateful to EQ for identifying AFC as the preferred channel for its maiden investment into the MSME sector in Sri Lanka. It is also a reflection of the trust placed in our sustainable business model and the confidence placed in the MSME sector of Sri Lanka,” AFC Deputy Chairperson and Managing Director Romani de Silva said. 


In the year 2017, AFC became the first financial institution in Sri Lanka’s NBFI sector to commit to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Paris Agreement on Climate Change, when it signed the ‘Karlsruhe Resolution’. 


In recent years, AFC has been investing 3-4 percent of its profit annually on social and environmental sustainability initiatives, despite the extremely challenging external environment.


AFC has demonstrated strong improvements in all of its performance indicators such as growth, profitability and portfolio quality in recent times, especially after the successful restructuring programme implemented with the technical assistance of IFC.  

 

 


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