British International Investment

ADP III Holding 5 L.P.

North AfricaConsumer - other services

ADP III Holdings 5 LP is the special purpose vehicle for BII’s investment into Kazyon Limited, an Egyptian discount supermarket chain.

Our investment

Description of the investment.

A co-investment, alongside ADP III, into Kazyon.

Founded in 2014, Kazyon is committed to providing access to affordable products to the underserved market in Egypt and the surrounding region. Today, Kazyon is the largest discount supermarket chain with over 600 stores in 18 governorates in Egypt, offering the lowest price possible for household essentials, dry goods, and fresh produce for customers and supporting over 5,000 jobs.

BII's investment will help to fund Kazyon's expansion into Morocco, and will target mostly low-income job creation and low-income customers. It is part of the USD 165 million equity consortium of institutional investors led by Development Partners International (DPI). This funding projects to create over 11,000 new jobs serving 1.5m customers a day in Egypt and over 5,000 jobs over the next seven years and reach over 370,000 customers per day in a new expansion market.

Kazyon will leverage BII and DPI’s expertise in ESG and impact, implementing new ESG action plans.

Impact information

Applies to investments made from 2019 onwards. The tabs in this section define what we expect to achieve through the investment, assessing the potential impact of the investment against six dimensions of impact. You can find more details on our methodology of assessing impact here.



Enhancing economic opportunities through increased employment and decent work for women and men, which can lead to an improvement in livelihoods, and support low-income populations by providing access to food and other basic goods at the most affordable price points, thus improving the resilience of vulnerable households



Create quality, low- and semi-skill jobs through Kazyon’s first international expansion into Morocco and support the continued growth of jobs in Egypt through the opening of more stores. Increase accessibility of a wide range of affordable foods and basic goods to low-income consumers.


Stakeholder Geography Characteristics

In Egypt, only 22% are in Cairo, and stores are typically located on ‘secondary streets’, which speaks to a key component of the business model of reaching outlying, underserved areas/consumers. A similar strategy will be pursued in Morocco.

Based on Egypt profile, >70% of employees estimated to be characterised as low-income; <10% of Kazyon’s employees are female, although DPI (our co-investment partner) is implementing a gender plan to address this.


In Egypt, only 22% are in Cairo, and stores are typically located on ‘secondary streets’, which speaks to a key component of the business model of reaching outlying, underserved areas/consumers. A similar strategy will be pursued in Morocco.

Given Kazyon's target market, we are confident that the bulk of customers will be considered low-income.

How much?

Scale Depth/Duration

In Morocco, Kazyon projects creating >4,800 in-store jobs by December 2028 (in 875 stores). In Egypt, there are currently >5,000 employees, and Kazyon projects this number to increase to >19,800 in-store employees by end 2028. In Morocco, Kazyon projects its stores will reach ~320k customers per day by December 2028. In Egypt, customers per day are projected to increase from >200k today to >1.8m within this timeframe.

Kazyon’s minimum gross wage for employees is EGP 4,000/month, as compared to a government stipulated minimum wage of 3,000/month in Egypt, and we would expect a similar approach to quality pay in Morocco. DPI is also working wth Kazyon on a detailed job quality action plan. Given the ambitious expansion plans in both countries, we would expect relatively immediate and growing impact over the next five years through long-term employment.



Financial: BII's capital will help DPI to make the investement, having hit its country exposure limit for Egypt.
Value: Limited opportunity for value-add due to passive co-investment, but Kazyon may be a candidate for a Resource Efficiency loan, but this would only be explored post-investment.

Environmental and social information

  • Environmental and social summary

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  • Environmental and social risk

    A risk category rating, which indicates the level of environmental and social risk associated with an investment. For an explanation of the categorisations used, see here. We consistently provide an environmental and social risk category for all investments screened from 2023 onwards.

Environmental and social summary

We partnered with our fund manager to co-invest in this company, including by relying on our fund manager's ESAP. The ESAP included items related to environmental and social resourcing, occupational health and safety, human resources management and community safety.

Environmental and social risk


Reporting and Complaints Mechanism

The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism allows anyone outside BII to report alleged breaches of the business integrity or environmental and social provisions of BII’s Policy on Responsible Investing. This includes breaches made by BII, a BII investee, or a portfolio company of a fund in which BII has invested. The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism Rules are available here. Reports and complaints can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by mail. See more details on our Reporting and Complaints Mechanism here.

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  • Key facts

    First published

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    July 2023
    Last updated

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    January 2024
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    North Africa

    The countries from which we derive the value of our investment. Where value is derived from multiple countries, this is indicated.

    Egypt, Morocco

    We prioritise those sectors that facilitate development and need our capital the most. Our priority sectors contribute towards many of the Sustainable Development Goals. They range from investing in the power infrastructure that will provide people with better access to electricity, to investing in financial institutions that direct capital to the individuals and businesses that need it the most.

    Consumer - other services

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    April 2023
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    United Kingdom

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