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Caspian Debt
Afghanistan
Last updated on 4 Aug 2022
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Caspian Debt has been a pioneer debt provider to transformational Small and Medium Enterprises/small and growing businesses to impact enterprises. These are professionally managed companies set up typically by first generation entrepreneurs often with the intention of raising external venture capital to grow fast but for whom access to debt is limited. The credit needs of such enterprises are in the range of $0.5 to 2m but they lack the mortgage collateral that is required for them to access traditional bank funding. Retail MSME fintech lenders, banks and even venture lenders are not able to meet the funding requirements of such enterprises due to a variety of reasons. Solving for this credit gap has been our focus. In last 8 years Caspian Debt has lent to over 200 social enterprises over USD266M through its permanent and regulated investment vehicle - a non-banking finance company. Some of our social performance indicators include -Our portfolio companies contribute to 13 SDGs, 13 SDGs supported by the work of our clients. -41 clients operating in low income states. -100% clients were MSMEs at the time of their first loan. -42% of our loans support financial inclusion -40% of the clients were loss making at the time of their loan from Caspian. -24% of the SME have Caspian as their first lender. -33% of our clients have businesses which impact women and 39% of the companies funded were women led.