The Huruma Fund invests 6 million euro in Pahal and acquires a minority stake in the Company

Fondo Huruma

11/04/2022

A group of women and members of Gawa Capital smiling after a meeting
A group of women during a meeting with Gawa Capital and Pahal team members.

Madrid, April 11, 2022.- The Huruma Fund, managed by GAWA Capital and financed by the European Union, FONPRODE, COFIDES and private investors, has completed its second capital investment in India by acquiring a minority stake in the microfinance institution (MFI) Pahal, amounting to 6 million euro.

Pahal provides loans to low-income households with a strong impact on women and farmers. Created in 2011, it is currently present in seven states in Central India, with a network of 201 branches and a high penetration potential. In 10 years, it has supported over 800,000 households in marginalised communities.

DEVELOPMENT OF CUSTOMISED AGRICULTURE LOANS

Pahal has become one of the fastest growing MFIs, efficiently rising in a short time given its strong technological focus. Transforming the finance of underserved markets, Pahal aims to reach 2 million customers by 2025.

Two people on a family livestock farm in India
A family livestock farm in India.

The Huruma Fund supports Pahal to strengthen its farming business strategy, promoting the launch of a specific agriculture product that will enable them to serve over 700 agricultural producers and 700,000 farmers.

Pahal’s environmental strategy actions have been focused on increasing digitalization to reduce paper waste and promoting recycling. In the coming years, with the support of Huruma, Pahal will work towards the development of a formal environmental policy and performance system, including specific goals and KPIs to monitor its environmental impact.

A group of Indian women seated on the ground pose for the photograph
A group of women during a meeting with Gawa Capital and Pahal team members.

The Director of Investments at GAWA Capital, Tomás Ribé, states that, “This investment fits the Huruma Fund objectives with the strong impact of financing on smallholder farmers and producer organisations through a sound entity with a huge growth potential.”

The Chairman of COFIDES, José Luis Curbelo, highlights, “The Huruma fund is an example of the need to combine resources for a common goal: achievement of the SDGs with private sector involvement in areas that support sustainability.

ABOUT THE HURUMA FUND

The Huruma Fund is the first project led by COFIDES within the framework of agriculture blending facilities in the European Union. With the advice of GAWA Capital, it has 120 million euros contributed by the European Union, FONPRODE (the Development Promotion Fund) of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), COFIDES and private investors, thanks to the collaboration of CaixaBank Private Banking, which has distributed the fund through its national network. The objective is to provide access to loans to farmers in underserved rural areas in Latin America, the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. It includes a Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) to provide consulting services and training related to agriculture, and to help improve the entities the Fund invests in, enhancing the impact on excluded rural populations.

ABOUT GAWA CAPITAL

Established in 2010, GAWA Capital is the leading firm in impact investing in Spain, having mobilised over 195 million euros in public and private investments. Its objective is to improve the lives of low-income communities by promoting investing in social enterprises, while providing their investors with a financial return. GAWA was a pioneer in the introduction of impact investing in Spain, launching three funds which invest in emerging countries with an inclusive approach to market solutions for social issues.

ABOUT COFIDES

COFIDES, a State-owned company engaging in the management of State and third-party as well as its own funds, pursues a number of aims: internationalisation of Spain’s economy, furtherance of economic development and fortification of the solvency of companies affected by COVID-19. In addition to the Spanish State, its shareholders include Banco Santander, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), Banco Sabadell and Development Bank of Latin America (CAF).

This press release was produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union.