Equity Bank (Kenya) Limited

Uganda, Kenya Financial services

Equity Bank was established in 1982 as a building society to serve the unbanked and to provide products and services that economically empower its customers. Its products include a diverse range and are targeted to specific needs including SME loans, microfinance and agribusiness loans

  • Active
  • Exited

We are invested in Equity Bank (Kenya) Limited through Ninety One Africa Credit Opportunities Fund (Investec), which is managed by Investec Asset Management.

We do not hold direct relationships with the companies that investment funds invest in. Instead, we hold relationships directly with the fund. When investing through investment funds, CDC takes an active role as a limited partner to the fund, working with the fund manager to ensure best practices, including in environment, social and governance matters, and investment management oversight.

For further information on the fund, the fund manager, and the expected impact of the fund’s investment, click here.

Key facts

Status:
Active
Region

Since 2012, we’ve only invested in Africa and South Asia. Investments outside these regions are from our pre-2012 portfolio.

:
Africa, East Africa
Countries:
Kenya, Uganda
Sector

We have seven priority sectors. However, we continue to invest outside these sectors, largely in the most challenging regions, as new investment supporting any sector helps to underpin the private sector, and create jobs and livelihoods for people.

:
Financial services
Investment type

We provide capital in three broad ways: direct equity, debt, and intermediated equity (principally through investment funds).

:
Intermediated investment
Fund:
Ninety One Africa Credit Opportunities Fund (Investec)
Fund Manager:
Investec Asset Management
Start date

For direct investments, this is the date CDC committed capital to the business or project.

For funds, this is the date that CDC committed capital to the fund.

For underlying fund investments, this is the date that the fund invested capital into the business.e

:
December 2018
Domicile

This is the investee company’s place of incorporation; or a fund’s jurisdiction.

:
Kenya

Environmental and social aspects

We are working with the bank to update its environmental and social risk policy and manual, and to develop a redundancy framework.

Key facts

Status:
Active
Region

Since 2012, we’ve only invested in Africa and South Asia. Investments outside these regions are from our pre-2012 portfolio.

:
Africa, East Africa
Countries:
Kenya, Uganda
Sector

We have seven priority sectors. However, we continue to invest outside these sectors, largely in the most challenging regions, as new investment supporting any sector helps to underpin the private sector, and create jobs and livelihoods for people.

:
Financial services
Investment type

We provide capital in three broad ways: direct equity, debt, and intermediated equity (principally through investment funds).

:
Direct Debt
Start date

For direct investments, this is the date CDC committed capital to the business or project.

For funds, this is the date that CDC committed capital to the fund.

For underlying fund investments, this is the date that the fund invested capital into the business.e

:
December 2020
Amount

For direct investments, this is the total amount that CDC has committed to the business or project (it may be a combination of equity and debt).

For funds, this is the total amount that CDC has committed to the fund.

:
$37.5m
Domicile

This is the investee company’s place of incorporation; or a fund’s jurisdiction.

:
Kenya