Mufin Green Finance announces its Series A funding from the Incofin India Progress Fund. Incofin invested about USD 5.7 million to enhance financial inclusion in the sector of electrical vehicles in India. Founded in 2016, Mufin Green Finance is the first first of its kind, a non-banking company providing financial services to companies of electrical vehicles. In that way, Mufin has reduced over 100,000 tonnes of carbon footprints.

Delighted to partner with Incofin, Kapil Garg, Co-founder and Director of Mufin Green commented: “This funding has put us in the forefront of an organised electrical vehicles financing sector. We are planning to disburse income-generating loans worth INR 5,000 Cr [almost 620 million euro] in the next 5 years, which will result in an overall reduction of 4 million tonnes of carbon emissions.”

Aditya Bhandari, Partner and Co-Head Asia of Incofin is proud of Incofin’s investment in Mufin: “This investment clearly aligns with our vision of financial inclusion and climate efforts. Mufin thrives on its diversified business model and strong balance sheet structure. Given Mufin’s strategic tie-ups with electrical vehicles ecosystem players, we firmly believe that the company will play a crucial role in boosting the importance of electrical transport in India and create a positive economic and environmental impact.” 

As far as Mufin’s financing products go, it currently consists of electric 2, 3, and 4-wheelers, as well as other elements of the EV ecosystem, including chargers, charging stations, batteries and battery top up loans for its customers.

As per Rajat Goyal, Co-founder of Mufin Green Finance, the market of electrical vehicles is fast evolving and there is a strong push from various stakeholders: “The investment from Incofin is a solid validation on our climate focused financing mission. We are focused on catering to the underserved or low-income segment and create a meaningful social and climate impact.”

Incofin Investment Management is investing a total of USD 6 million in the Indonesian fintech Amartha, a peer-to-peer platform that connects urban investors with thousands of entrepreneurial women on the countryside.

Indonesia is undergoing a digital revolution: by 2020, 67% of Indonesians had access to an internet-enabled cell phone. This percentage is expected to increase by another 20% by 2025. No wonder that Amartha is just one of the hundreds of fintechs in Indonesia, but it is the only peer-to-peer platform focused on microentrepreneurs in rural areas. Amartha connects lenders with women entrepreneurs from rural areas who have difficulty accessing capital sources due to limited collateral, fluctuations in income or lack of a credit history.

Amartha, was founded in 2010 as a classic microfinance institution focused on women entrepreneurs. Inspired by the booming of the new financial technologies in the region and by the growing appetite from investors in the cities to fund women entrepreneurs on the countryside, Amartha decided to change its business model in 2016.

Amartha provides group-based working capital loans, accompanied by training in financial literacy and entrepreneurship. The borrowers are well known and screened by Amartha. The fintech has 480 branches throughout the country (in Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi), allowing local staff to maintain a close relationship with the borrower-client.

Jairo Espejo, Investment Manager for Incofin, explains why Amartha caught Incofin’s eye: “Amartha’s business model encompasses the best of two worlds: that of Fintech and the Microfinance model. It leverages new technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to improve its financial products as well as create new services to the end-borrowers. This is combined with the strong expertise of the business managers in the field.

Business partners and regional managers oversee loan origination and assess credit risk in the field, supplemented by insights coming from technologies such as machine learning. With a scoring system developed to assess the creditworthiness of unbanked segments of society, Amartha ensures access to capital, even without a credit history. The way Amartha uses technology will not dilute its social mission, but should just increase its impact. Since it turned itself into a peer-to-peer platform, Amartha has managed to exponentially increase its portfolio.

Today, Amartha reaches more than 470,000 entrepreneurs and aims to grow its client portfolio in the coming years. With more than 25 million women underserved financially in a country with high mobile and internet penetration, there still is a lot of growth margin.

One of Amartha’s clients is Pariyah who lives in Klaten on the island Java. When her son sent her one day some of the popular breadfruit (‘sukun’), she processed the exotic fruit into chips and sold it to her neighbours. Unexpectedly, her neighbours liked it so much that they wanted to buy more to share with their family and friends. One of those friends brought the chips to Japan, where she worked and gave it as a souvenir from Indonesia to her boss and co-workers. It became an instant hit and Pariyah started a business in breadfruit exporting every month 20 kilos of chips to Japan. Today, Pariyah runs a breadfruit snack business employing 12 employees, all living in Pariyah’s neighbourhood. The expansion of her business wouldn’t have been possible without the loans Pariyah received from Amartha. She used the money to buy land for her storage facility.

Pariyah with a bag of her famous breadfruit chips.

Pariyah with a bag of her famous breadfruit chips.

Ramdhan Anggakaradibrata, Chief Finance Officer of Amartha: “By empowering women like Pariyah with capital and digital literacy, we are promoting higher household incomes and a spread of prosperity. Since 2010, Amartha has supported more than 1 million female entrepreneurs across 20,000 villages in Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi.”

Incofin supports Amartha with debt financing through two funds that Incofin manages or advises: USD 2 million comes from the Incofin Inclusive Finance Fund and USD 4 million comes from the MEF (Microfinance Enhancement Facility).

Noémie Renier, Managing Partner Incofin Investment Management: “We are happy to start this new cooperation with Amartha and together reach out to women entrepreneurs in the countryside. This partnership will reinforce our expertise in digitalization and understanding of how new technologies can accelerate meaningful financial inclusion in the region.”

Incofin cvso recently extended a loan to Kyrgyz Bailyk Finance – with over 45,000 customers and 43 offices, one of the largest microfinance institutions in the country. Bailyk Finance was founded in 2011 with the mission to create affordable financial solutions for rural and small cities’ residents to improve their quality of life. Reaching small entrepreneurs and farmers at the bottom of the social ladder is one of the key objectives of Bailyk Finance.

Most people in Kyrgyzstan work in the agriculture and livestock sector. Young farmer Choro Baarov is one of them. Choro’s childhood wish came true when he could start his own farm raising cattle and horses. Thanks to a loan from Bailyk Finance, he was able to expand his stables with two horses and seven cows, which enable him, for instance, to sell more milk and to increase his profits.

Incofin cvso’s financing allowed Bailyk to issue loans to clients like Choro, who want to invest in the development of their business or to renovate their homes.


Incofin IM raises more than 50 million euros in a first investment round for its new impact fund focused on rural development and financial inclusion in India. The fund makes private equity investments in the Indian agri food value chain and in financial inclusion for rural entrepreneurs in India. The fund made its first investments in three growing enterprises. 

India as an impact investment destination holds great promise. It is a country with an aspirational, young population (86% of the population is younger than 55 years) focused on enriching their lives through hard work and entrepreneurship. At the same time, the country faces serious challenges like inequality (gender, education, family wealth) and a lack of technology,  organised supply chains, and access to capital. Although 65% of India’s population lives in rural areas, private equity investments have largely focused on urban companies. As a result, many budding entrepreneurs fail to realise their full potential.

The Incofin India Progress Fund (IPF),  wants to change this and supports these promising entrepreneurs to increase their chances of success through patient capital, mentoring and access to a global network. IPF will focus on two sectors which make the deepest social impact in the Indian context – financial inclusion and the agri-food value chain.

The committed capital comes from a diverse set of private and institutional investors including Korys, CDC, Proparco, the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO), the SDG Frontier Fund, the King Baudouin Foundation and several Belgian family offices.

Agri Food Value Chain

Today, vegetables or grains often have to go through many intermediaries before they get from the producer to the store shelves. The long food chain leads to higher costs and generates significant food waste. There are plenty small agro-tech companies that can shorten the supply chain but they have difficulty accessing capital. The Incofin India Progress Fund intends to fill the gap. A more efficient supply chain with fewer handling points will also lead to more transparency and a reduction in food wastages.

The fund has made its first two investments in the young agro-technology companies Unnati ( and SuperZop (

Unnati is Hindi for “progress”. The company, founded in 2010, lives up to that name by guiding farmers through the entire agricultural process more easily using digital means.

This can range from providing quality seeds and other agricultural inputs at cheap prices, to advice on which inputs to use at a particular time, to how to protect their plants and maximize the production.

Through the uStore app, the farmer has access to a network of more than 11,000 points of sale – one of the largest networks of its kind in India. In this way, 4 million farmers find a market for sugar cane, maize , wheat, cotton, mustard and pulses.



Financial inclusion

According to the World Bank, in 2017, India still had some 190 million adults who did not even have a bank account. The only country with more people without access to financial services is China. India has made good progress in this area in recent years, but it is mainly entrepreneurs in rural areas who are finding themselves closed to reliable capital sources and financial services.

Entrepreneurs therefore often fall back on informal sources of credit, which greatly increases the cost and risk of financing. In rural India, 84% of the credit needs of independent traders and SMEs are met informally. Traditional banks are more interested in large loans and are not very keen on doing business with rural customers. Using their services in rural India is much more complex and expensive than in cities: in an environment where business is often done informally, it is not easy to be able to produce formal documents.

Namdev Finvest is the first entity in which the fund has invested to increase financial inclusion.


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Incofin invests USD 4.7 million in Series A round of the Indian financial services provider Namdev. This investment is done from the recently launched Incofin India Progress Fund (IPF).

Jaipur-based Namdev Finvest Private Limited (Namdev), was founded in 2013 and has rapidly established itself as one of the leading non-banking financial companies in North West of India. The company focuses on impact lending to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and has presence in rural and semi-urban areas in the northwestern region of India. Namdev services currently more than 13,000 borrowers and aims to reach 100,000 clients in the next five to seven years. Founder and Managing Director of Namdev, Jitendra Tanwar labels this investment as a milestone for Namdev: “We are glad to partner with a world class impact investor as Incofin IM. The funding from IPF will strengthen our organic expansion plans. We would leverage Incofin’s strategic and deep impact support in our mission to provide affordable and qualitative financial services to our clients.

Aditya Bhandari, Regional Director Asia for Incofin comments: “Namdev provides a rare combination of deep social impact, a solid management team and a strong balance sheet. This is our first investment out of our new India focused equity fund IPF. India’s growth story depends largely on tech-enabled solutions for MSMEs and in-turn for rural prosperity. We are pleased to collaborate with Namdev in its vision to support first-time borrowers and women entrepreneurs in rural India.

Incofin has a strong presence in India with two local offices (one in New Delhi and one in Chennai). Besides Namdev, current investments in India include Sohan Lal Commodity Management (agri-to-finance integrated group), SAVE Solutions (one of the largest business correspondent networks), Faircent (largest peer-to-peer lending platform) and Light Microfinance (leading microfinance company focused on rural women entrepreneurs).

Incofin cvso disburses a EUR 1.7 million loan to Bina Artha, the financial institution that, through micro-loans, allows hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurial women in Indonesia to build a better future for themselves.

Indonesia is not only known for its idyllic beaches, but also for impressive economic growth rates since the Asian crisis in 1997. The economy is now part of the top 20 largest economies in the world. This growth went along with important poverty reduction, with a poverty rate at 10% in 2020, while at the turn of the century that group was still twice as large. However, there are still around 26 million people living below the poverty line. The consequences of COVID-19 – which might push between 5 and 8 more million Indonesians into poverty – is therefore a setback. It shows that economic progress is still very fragile for a large part of the population.

While Covid-19 is having a significant impact on the Indonesian economy, Incofin CVSO has at heart to support microfinance institutions (MFI) even in times of crisis. In this context, CVSO has provided a loan of EUR 1.7 million to PT Bina Artha Ventura (Bina Artha) at a time of tight liquidity management and operations stabilization efforts from the MFI. The support from its international lenders partly explains Bina Artha’s resilience during the crisis.

Bina Artha – founded in 2011 – is one of the biggest institutions in Indonesia in terms of portfolio size. The MFI brings micro-credits to more than 350,000 low-income households in rural communities – increasing financial inclusion. In Indonesia, 51% of the adult population still do not even have an account in a financial institution. Therefore, with a total population of 270.6 million, there is a huge market growth potential for microfinance.

Especially low-income women have barely access to the formal financial sector because they lack independence and education. That is why microfinance institution Bina Artha focuses mainly on women who don’t have or have only partial access to the formal financial sector.

By increasing the access to capital, Bina Artha supports the income generation of entrepreneurial women, such as Bu Sabaria Bunga Lele. I used to sell my vegetables with a cart going around from place to place. At the end of 2017, I decided to take a loan from Bina Artha and open a shop on the road side near my house. Now, I provide a wide selection of fresh vegetables, spices, dried fish and other products. The people of the community around my shop buy their necessities from my stall and lots of cars stop with people from further afield as well. Thanks to the strategic location, my store is also doing fine despite the pandemic.

Incofin cvso believes that Bina Artha is well positioned to efficiently and rapidly grow further, thanks to its business model, support from its Credit Access network and investments in technology. They have for example integrated third party payment services into their core banking system.

“Bina Artha has been very transparent in dealing with clients and funding partners and therefore continues to gain support. Incofin is a proud partner of Bina Artha, via them we can deliver our impact and open up opportunities to many Indonesians for a better livelihood”says Vuthy Chea, Deputy Regional Director Asia of Incofin Investment Management.

The regions where Bina Artha operates are in dark blue.