British International Investment

Veritas Finance Private Limited

South AsiaFinancial services

Veritas lends to over 12,000 micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) customers in rural and semi-urban areas.  It provides small individual loans for working capital and business expansion. Veritas currently operates more than 100 branches across Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karnataka, West Bengal and Odisha. Lok IV invested $14.6m.

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

Our investment

Description of the investment.

Our funding will support the company’s expansion into newer states such as Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Madhya Pradesh. It will also broaden the company’s presence in existing locations and drive technology initiatives and product expansion for its customer base. 

Lok Capital joins us in the 2018 funding round.

Expected impact

Expected impact of investments made between 2012 and 2018. From 2019 onwards, we have published a fuller set of impact information, assessing each investment against six dimensions of impact.

MSMEs make up the backbone of the informal Indian economy and are often family or individual run. However, many find it difficult to access credit given their informal status and lack of documentation. 

Our investment through Veritas will help these businesses access capital at affordable rates, build a credit profile, and move into formal credit channels. This will help to drive wider economic growth and support direct and indirect job creation.

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.

For any other general enquiries contact us at [email protected]

  • Key facts

    Last updated

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    :
    June 2024
    Project number

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    :
    D2384
    Status

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    :
    Active
    Region

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    :
    South Asia
    Country

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    :
    India
    Sector

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    Financial services

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    Investment type :
    Equity
    Start date :
    May 2018
    Amount :
    $11.49m
    Currency of investment :
    INR
    Domicile

    The company or investment fund’s place of incorporation.

    :
    India

Related investments made by BII into this company:

Investment name Commitment Region Sector Start date Status
Investment 01 $10.08m South Asia Financial services June 2017 Active
Investment 02 $5.37m South AsiaSouth Asia Financial services March 2018 Exited

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