SAM 2019

The Investor's Fair

This event takes place within the framework of the African Microfinance Week, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Investor's Fair

ADA at the the Investor's Fair in Dakar, Senegal (SAM 2015)

"Strengthening links between African MFIs and investors"

 4 reasons to participate in the Fair:

  • Personalised appointments between MFIs and investors via 25' speed-dating sessions organised in advance according to the needs of the participants;
  • Direct contact with microfinance investors, rating agencies and other professionals of the microfinance sector;
  • A unique opportunity to create lasting partnerships;
  • Increased visibility of your MFI and its activities.

The main objective of this unique event is to optimize the contact and exchange of experiences between African MFIs and investors to increase access to finance for MFIs.

Why the Investor's Fair?

Organised every year since 2008 by AMT, the Microfinance Investor’s Fair offers a unique opportunity to meet a large variety of transparent African MFIs and investors. As well as opening opportunities to increase access to external funding for MFIs, the Fair also offers a platform for participants to exchange on best practices. Organized for the 3rd time in the framework of the SAM, the Microfinance Investors' Fair is an ideal opportunity to bring together African microfinance institutions (MFIs) with active investors and support organizations active on the continent. The main objectives of this unique event are to facilitate and optimize the contact and exchange of experiences between African MFIs and investors and to increase access to finance for MFIs.

How does the event unfold?

We will organize a morning of 7 speed-dating sessions of 25 minutes each. These sessions are scheduled in advance by the organizers, according to the choice of meetings made beforehand by the MFIs and the investors. In order to best plan the sessions, the organizers will collect key data from the participants before the event.
The afternoon will be devoted to free appointments between MFI and investors.

Who is the Fair for?

The Investor's Fair is open to African MFIs seeking financing and to social investors active in microfinance in Africa.

What are the advantages for MFIs?

SAM is the largest event bringing together practitioners of microfinance in Africa. It is an ideal place to show your work and manifest your financial needs in order to improve your services and develop your institution.

We will analyse your profile from the form that will be submitted, and we can therefore set you up with the most suitable investors.

What are the advantages for investors?

Investors have the unique opportunity to meet with several African MFIs from different regions at once. In addition, these short pre-organized meetings allow for a first contact, which often leads to long-term fruitful joint ventures!

Investors wishing to participate in the Fair must also be registered to the SAM.

The price includes a stand for the investor for a day to facilitate appointments with MFIs, as well as visibility in the investor directory that will be distributed at the conference.

Sponsors of the 2017 Fair

Verdant Capital

Verdant Capital is a specialist investment bank operating on a Pan-African basis from offices in Johannesburg, Ebene and Accra.  It provides M&A advisory and capital raising services, operating in two segments:

  1. Financial institutions, servicing banks, non-bank financial institutions and financial services technology companies; and
  2. Corporate finance, mainly servicing companies in the agribusiness, telecom, consumer goods and clean energy sectors.

The majority of Verdant Capital’s transactions are in the financial services segment, for example in 2016 Verdant Capital completed transactions for five financial institutions in Ghana, Namibia, Nigeria and Zambia.

For more information, visit:


Launched in May 2010, the Regional MSME Investment Fund for Sub-Saharan Africa SA, SICAV-SIF is a Luxemburg-based investment fund which seeks to foster economic development and prosperity in sub-Saharan Africa through the provision of local currency medium to long-term debt financing for financial institutions serving micro, small and medium sized enterprises. Operating alognside fund’s investment activities, a dedicated Technical Assistance Facility focuses on technical support for client institutions. Initiated at the G8 Summit in Heiligendamm, REGMIFA is a Public-Private Partnership that combines funds from public and private investors, benefitting from the support of over ten European and International Development Finance Institutions.

Symbiotics SA, a social and microfinance investment services company based in Geneva, Switzerland, which has a specialized asset management unit, was entrusted with the dual mandates of Investment Manager and Technical Assistance Facility Manage by the Fund.

For more information :

TJ logo slogan2017 rgb

Triple Jump is an impact-focused investment manager that provides meaningful and responsible investment opportunities in developing countries. They believe that opportunities are not spread equally around the world, but talented people are. In developing countries, a responsible, inclusive financial sector can enable these people to unlock their potential and improve their quality of life.

For more information: 

ENG Oikocredit

Established in 1975, Oikocredit is a worldwide cooperative and financial institution that promotes sustainable development by providing loans, capital and capacity building support to microfinance institutions, cooperatives, fair trade organizations and small to medium enterprises. As a social investor, Oikocredit’s work is guided by the principle of empowering people to improve their livelihoods. Oikocredit offers a triple return to its investors: social, environmental and financial.

At 31 December 2016, Oikocredit had a capital outstanding of one billion euros invested on 801 partners in 70 countries. Being close to our clients and knowing their markets through our network of 34 national and regional offices is at the heart of our work.

For more information:


SIDI (International Solidarity for Development and Investment) was founded in 1983. Its main objective is to promote lasting economic initiatives through local suitable financial services, and therefore to create a social economy that supports sustainable and autonomous development.

SIDI’s partners come from a diversity of backgrounds, and thus are diverse in their methods and structure; these partners include local associations, financial NGOs, businesses, microfinance institutions, solidarity mutual funds, savings and credit cooperatives and inclusive banks. They all respond to the funding needs of small entrepreneurs, artisans, shopkeepers, farmers, and project managers in developing countries that are excluded from traditional banking circles as a result of their lack of guarantees.

SIDI specifically supports the MAIN network which included 80 African microfinance institutions spread over 25 countries. SIDI also manages the FEFISOL fund in Africa.

For more information:


FEFISOL was launched in July 2011 by three European social investors – ALTERFIN (Belgium), ETIMOS (Italy) and SIDI (France) – with more than 30 years of experience in the microfinance sector and the will to develop a financial service offer to rural finance in Africa. FEFISOL’s strategy is based on strengthening African structures promoting the creation of added value in rural areas. The objective is to bring medium and long term financing solutions, preferably in local currency, to small microfinance institutions and producers’ organizations throughout the continent. In addition to its financial services, FEFISOL ensures its’ partners’ capacity building and social performance strengthening via a technical assistance facility. 



volver arriba

By continuing to browse this site, you agree to the use of cookies to measure the audience of our sites and provide you with targeted content. OK More