IFC Invests €90 Million in Wave Mobile to Boost Financial Inclusion in West Africaby Fintechnews Africa 12 July 2022
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) announced an investment in mobile money provider Wave Mobile to spur financial inclusion and support economic growth in Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire.
The investment from IFC and other lenders will help Wave substantially grow its operations in Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal, deepen its product offering, and expand its customer base for mobile money accounts and quality payment services.
IFC arranged a €90 million financing package, comprised of a €25 million loan from IFC’s own account, B Loans of a combined €41 million from Symbiotics, Blue Orchard, responsAbility, and Lendable, as well as parallel loans of €24 million from Finnfund and Norfund.
In addition to helping to finance the companies’ operations, IFC’s support will help establish a mobile money environment where customers are able to transact more often thanks to a simple fee structure and lower transaction costs.
This will foster higher frequency of transactions, new payment methods and growing overall value of payments processed by the users, particularly among lower income customers.
In September 2021, IFC invested US$5 million as a co-investment with Partech Africa as part of the Series A funding round in Wave Mobile Money Holdings.
IFC has invested or mobilised more than US$1.25 billion in the African technology ecosystem over the past six years.
“Wave’s vision of making Africa the first cashless continent, by building affordable and user-centric solutions, matches IFC’s ambitions of universal financial inclusion.
This investment by IFC and other lenders helps us offer a diversity of financial products, encouraging users to stay within the formal financial sector, deepening financial inclusion in the region.”
said Coura Sene, Wave Mobile Money’s Regional Director for the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU).
“Supporting access to financial services for low-income, unbanked populations is a key priority for IFC.
Our investment in Wave will not only promote inclusive finance, but it will also significantly contribute to further advance digital economy solutions in West Africa.”
said Aliou Maiga, IFC’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa.
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