British International Investment

M-Kopa Uganda Limited

East AfricaFinancial services

Headquartered in Nairobi, M-KOPA is the world’s largest, pay-as-you-go solar energy company.

Its off-grid solar home systems now operate in over 700,000 low-income households in Kenya and Uganda. It is also using its credit system and distribution network to provide a range of financial and other services to its customers.

The firm was founded in 2010 by Nick Hughes, Chad Larson, and Jesse Moore.

This investment was made when British International Investment was named CDC Group.

We have now exited this investment. This is what we achieved.

Achieved impact

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Expected impact

In 2017 we provided local currency debt financing as part of a $55 million facility alongside Stanbic, FMO and Norfund across Kenya and Uganda. This was a landmark deal in the off-grid energy sector, being the largest commercial local currency debt facility to date for a pay-as-you-go company. This facility was refinanced.

Over 600 million people in Africa live without access to reliable and affordable grid-based electricity.
M-KOPA’s pioneering systems use solar energy to power lights, a torch and a radio (which are provided by the company), as well as mobile phone charging.

The system runs through a control box, which contains a mobile data chip, through which customers can buy credit for their power.

Our investment will enable M-KOPA to provide low-cost electricity to low-income customers in Kenya, via daily mobile payment plans on a lease-to-own basis. This allows them to replace highly polluting kerosene with a long-term, sustainable electricity producing system.

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

    Last updated

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    :
    June 2024
    Project number

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    :
    D2859
    Status

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    :
    Exited
    Region

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    :
    East Africa
    Country

    The countries where the investment delivers impact. Where impact is delivered in multiple countries, this is indicated.

    :
    Uganda
    Sector

    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.

    :
    Financial services

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    Investment type :
    Debt
    Start date :
    October 2017
    End date :
    February 2023
    Amount :
    $2m
    Currency of investment :
    UGX
    Domicile

    The company or investment fund’s place of incorporation.

    :
    Uganda

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