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Impact SME Development Progamme

We provide support to impact driven small and medium enterprises (iSMEs) in Egypt, Uganda, Kenya, Somaliland, Nigeria and Cambodia.

OUR VISION

Oxfam’s Impact SME Development Programme aims at reaching a human economy whereby small and medium enterprises contribute to a fairer, greener, and more inclusive ecosystem.

By providing decent jobs, using climate conscious business practices, and offering fairer income to small holder producers, impact SMEs have the power to tackle today’s social and environmental challenges. By measuring the impact these businesses generate and supporting their growth, we are able to promote the human economy model amongst stakeholders to influence policy change towards a more enabling ecosystem.

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WHAT ARE IMPACT SMEs?

Impact SMEs are businesses that aim at benefiting the community, individuals, and the planet beyond profit-making. Using human centered and ecological business models, such as the circular economy, these enterprises tackle pressing issues such as climate change, youth unemployment, accessibility to services and gender inequality.

For example, look at how PAD-UP is fighting period poverty in Nigeria:

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Or how SPOUTS is providing access to safe drinking water in Uganda:

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Go to the Meet our Entrepreneurs’ section for more examples.

 Why do we support Impact SMEs?

  • SMEs are a key driver of economic development, accounting for over 50% of GDP, 67% of full-time employment and 85% of new jobs created in the countries we work in
  • Impact SMEs play a key role in offering innovative and sustainable solutions for local economic development
  • In order to grow sustainably, SMEs need to overcome issues related to their organizational capacity, access to finance, investment readiness and the overall business ecosystem.

The approach


The superstar impact business competition

Each year Oxfam Novib organizes a Superstar Impact Business Competition  to support businesses that have been part of an Oxfam start-up or SME development program to scale and innovate. In each country, winners are chosen by a local jury and receive grant funding and technical support from our local partners to implement their idea. Through this competition, Oxfam Novib aims to get better insights into the needs of impact businesses, accelerate their impact and inspire investors and policymakers in recognizing the importance and potential of supporting and investing in impact businesses

Cick here for more information about the superstar impact business competition

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

Our impact measurement system allows us to capture the main results of our program and the impact that the SMEs we support generate. Since 2015, we have supported more than 370 SMEs in 7 different countries, most of which experience growth after joining our program, a scale up of their impact models and increased access to finance. Check out our impact measurement data analysis report for more.

MEET OUR ENTREPRENEURS 

Shahira Yahia, Chitosan Egypt, Egypt

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Amina Aden Mohamed, Tayo Uniforms and Embroidery, Somaliland

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Teddy Ruge, Raintree Farms, Uganda

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Teddy Ruge is the founder of Raintree Farms Limited. The company processes Moringa tree leaves into powder in Northwestern Uganda. He chose Moringa because it is a healthy product, the trees protect the land, and they mix well with agriculture. He employs over 75 staff, mainly young women, and has developed a supplier income model whereby farmers receive a fixed income for their produce. Have a look at the company’s website for more info https://raintreefarms.com/

Joyce Jaebee, Jaeebee furniture, Nigeria

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Joy Igbodike is the founder and CEO of Jaebee Furniture based in Lagos, Nigeria. Since her participation to the program of, she has changed the way Jaebee operates: Inspired by the circular economy training, she initiated a furniture swap and implemented a zero-waste policy. Joy also founded the 'Girl Skill-Up’ workshop which provides a free 9-month training for girls interested furniture making, which has increased their employability and narrowed the gender skills gap in Lagos. Have a look at the company’s website for more info https://jaebeefurniture.com/

Partners

The iSME programme works with local partners in 7 countries.

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Connect with us

Laurens Coeveld, Impact SME and Investment Lead│laurens.coeveld@oxfamnovib.nl 

Eline Arnoldy, Project Specialist Impact SME | eline.arnoldy@oxfamnovib.nl

Windy Massabni, Project Specialist Impact SME │ windy.massabni@oxfamnovib.nl

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