Set up in 2008, our clinic is a medical institution specifically dedicated to home medical assistance and emergency rescue in Kinshasa, working through an efficient network of medical professionals, surgeons, emergency doctors, paediatricians and home nurses. Also offered are maternity care, laboratory, medical advisory services and medical evacuation in partnership with international medical insurance companies. The funding from the Central Africa SME Fund has been used for the construction of a new clinic containing a surgical theatre, a room for maternity procedures, laboratory and imaging equipment, consultation rooms, a pharmacy and an emergency room. The investment has enabled the clinic to offer patients a broader set of services on an international healthcare quality level.
The first independent call centre in Congo, DRC is based in Kinshasa. It offers inbound and outbound calling as well as market surveys. In 2012 the company launched the first general information service in Congo. The call centre is unique in Africa, offering services in Lingala, Swahili, French and English. Funding from the Central Africa SME Fund was used for a new, state-of-the-art independent facility. The company now has a call centre with over 400 seats capacity. The investment enabled the purchase of the latest available call centre software and hardware, necessary to offer call centre services at the best international standards.
The first mobile broadband operator in Central Africa Republic (CAR), founded in April 2011, provides wireless, reliable and affordable high-speed Internet access to individuals and businesses, helping to reduce the digital divide. The network, partially funded by CASF, is operating in the 2.5 GHz band, and allows never-before delivered internet speeds enabling hotels/restaurants to set up Wi-Fi facilities. Since launch, the prices for Internet access in the market have dropped, enabling access for a wider part of the population
Private School in Lubumbashi
Started in 1995, the school is an educational institution dedicated to nursery, primary and secondary education in Lubumbashi, relying on a team of experienced and competent teachers. The school’s vision is to provide quality education at an affordable price close to children from low and middle income families. CASF funding supported the construction, on a plot of 4,800 m2, of a fourth school with 30 classrooms and an office building with a total building area of 1,400 m2 as well as help the modernization of teaching methods and administration. Currently an additional 1,350 students benefit from high quality education at an affordable price for families with low and middle income.
The port of Matadi is one of the main ports of Congo, DRC. It has faced congestion, due to capacity constraints, which affects import and export of goods into DRC. Our investment in a local container storage and logistics provider which has been active in logistics since 1986, has been used to increase its concrete storage capacity from 1,000 m2 to 6,000 m2. The additional storage capacity enables the port to handle a significant increase in volume of containers.
Generic Pharmaceutical Manufacturer
The third largest local generic pharmaceutical producer and distributor in DR Congo, currently produces some 80 generic medicines in various forms. Clients include hospitals and the low-income population. Funding from the Central Africa SME Fund was used to purchase production and water drilling equipment in a new plant for serums in Lubumbashi. This has helped replacing imports and has helped access to cheaper generic drugs in Katanga, DRC. In the last few years, production has been expanded to other generic drugs and the company has expanded its workforce by 30 with the Lubumbashi production facility.
The Congo river plays a crucial role as it is often the only connection from the vast interior of DR Congo to Kinshasa. River transporters mostly operate between Kinshasa, Brazzaville and the interior of the country, carrying goods to and from cities as Illevo and Mbuji-Mayi. Our investment in a growing transport company, providing transport on the Congo River and by road with barges and tugboats, with its own (off-)loading equipment and trucks, was used for the construction of new tug boats and barges. It has helped to meet an increasing demand for transport of cement and other goods into the interior provinces and of agricultural produce and other products back to Kinshasa.
The company is recognised in Central Africa as a producer of high quality roasted Robusta coffee for the local and regional markets. CASF invested in a new roasting facility for the company, including construction of a production plant, roasting equipment and a strategic stock of coffee beans. By purchasing regularly from local farmers, the company helps them receive a stable source of income.
The company was established in 2012 offering road transport between Cameroon and the Central African Republic. CASF’s investment enabled the company to purchase two new trucks, two trailers and the construction of an 800 liter fuel tank to guarantee a constant supply of diesel for the trucks. The Central African Republic is a landlocked country which depends on its neighboring countries for the import of goods. The vast majority of goods arrive by road from Cameroon as air transport is limited due to its high cost and river transport is only possible for six months per year during the raining season. As CAR has almost no industry of itself, the Douala (Cameroon) – Bangui transport corridor is considered to be an important lifeline for the country.
Private school in Kinshasa
The school was established in Kinshasa in 2012 offering French education at nursery, primary and secondary level and distinguishes itself with high quality education at international standards at affordable prices. Both the Central Africa SME Fund and African River Fund invested in Aurora to further contribute to the much needed development of the sector in DRC. For years there has been insufficient public sector investment in education, leading to a lack of supply by existing schools. The increasing stability of the last eight years has allowed to rebuild some capacity but given the growth in the population and the current gap in supply there continues to be large deficit in affordable, quality education.