Nairobi, September 22nd, 2022— 4G Capital, a market leading neobank powering micro and small business growth in Kenya and Uganda, received an Honourable Mention for Responsible Digital Innovator of the Year at the 2022 Global SME Finance Forum Awards on September 21st.
Organised by SME Finance Forum, established by the G20 and managed by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Global SME Finance Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of financial institutions and fintech companies delivering exceptional products and services to their SME clients to bridge the finance gap and promote sustainable growth.
4G Capital was recognised for its innovation and contribution to the economic advancement of its clients. By growing businesses with capital and knowledge, 4G Capital has positively impacted over 1.5 million people across East Africa.
Wayne Hennessy-Barrett, Founder and CEO of 4G Capital, said, “Today, we face many challenges; the rising cost of living and the extraordinary threat to food security in Africa posed not only by climate change but also by the war in Ukraine. Our mission is to democratise equitable wealth creation through financial inclusion and enterprise training that paves the pathway to formality for micro-entrepreneurs and MSMEs. We are honoured and humbled by the recognition and support from the IFC and the SME Finance Forum”.
Matthew Gamser, CEO of the SME Finance Forum, said: “This year has seen the largest field of applicants ever, as we expand to a fifth award category in the important area of greening SME financing. We have more countries with more financial products and approaches than ever before. It was a tall order for the almost 100 judges, whom we thank profusely for their expert, informed and unbiased judgment about who merited recognition.”
In this fifth year of the competition, entrants continued to illustrate resilience and innovation across the categories, from the ongoing work of serving SMEs in the SME Finance of the Year category to the institutions channelling the Responsible Investor Guidelines in the Digital Innovator of the Year, to the creative and holistic approaches in the category of Best Financier for Women Entrepreneurs, which is organised each year in partnership with the IFC Banking on Women Initiative.
Magda Bianco, GPFI co-Chair, said, “The G20’s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion welcomes this latest round of the Global SME Finance Awards, which, along with our new Database on Digital SME Finance Innovations, is helping raise awareness of all the new possibilities that digitalisation offers for improving small firm access to finance. I’m very impressed with how many of these SME financing initiatives are taking place in the poorest countries of the world and in fragile and conflict-affected areas. I congratulate all the winners, all the honourable mentions, and all those who applied, and I really encourage you to share your great work in our new Database.
About 4G Capital
4G Capital employs over 1000 employees across Kenya and Uganda. Since its inception in 2013, the company has loaned over 2,154,969 small working capital loans valued at over $289 million. The company has almost 300,000 clients, 74% female, and 53% run micro and SME enterprises in rural areas. 4G Capital clients receive customised business training programs and credit guidance via mobile apps and in-person via a nationwide network of branches. 4G Capital’s unique machine learning technology delivers high-fidelity insight into client risk and affordability. As a result, 4G Capital consistently achieves high collection rates without collateral or refinancing its clients, only lending to viable businesses on terms that are right for them. 4G Capital has positively impacted over 1.5 million people. Having received multiple industry awards, 4G Capital is now scaling in and expanding its suite of products and services in East Africa. As a B Corporation, 4G Capital champions the movement’s approach to creating shared value and was recently listed in the top 10 B Corporation Financial Service providers worldwide. www.4g-capital.com
About the SME Finance Forum
The SME Finance Forum works to expand access to finance for small and medium businesses. The Forum operates a global membership network that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs. Established in 2012 by the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion, the SME Finance Forum is managed by IFC. For more information, visit http://www.smefinanceforum.org
For a complete list of the winners in each category and Honourable Mentions, please go to the Global SME Finance Awards 2022 website.
Lydia-Claire Halliday, LCH Consultancy & Associates