African financing platform M-Kopa has secured a significant amount of funding to support its expansion efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa. M-Kopa announced on Monday that it has signed agreements for a total of $255 million in new debt and equity from various investors, including Standard Bank and Sumitomo Corporation.
Founded in 2011, M-Kopa initially launched its operations in Kenya and has since expanded to Uganda, Nigeria, and Ghana. The company has played a pivotal role in facilitating access to credit for millions of customers in these regions, enabling them to purchase essential items such as smartphones, solar power systems, and health insurance. To date, M-Kopa has assisted over 3 million customers in accessing more than $1 billion in credit.
In this latest funding round, Standard Bank took the lead in arranging $200 million in sustainability-linked debt financing. Additionally, Sumitomo injected $36.5 million in new equity investment, further bolstering M-Kopa’s financial resources. Other participants in the fund-raising initiative include Lightrock, a U.K-based investment firm.
The influx of capital will fuel M-Kopa’s expansion plans, allowing the company to broaden its reach and impact across Sub-Saharan Africa. With a solid financial foundation and continued support from reputable investors, M-Kopa is well-positioned to drive financial inclusion and enhance access to essential resources for millions of individuals in the region.
As M-Kopa continues to make strides in empowering communities through innovative financing solutions, its success serves as a testament to the growing significance of fintech companies in driving economic growth and development in Africa.