Washington D.C, December 6, 2023 – Leading agri-services company SE Holdings has joined the SME Finance Forum as its global membership network’s latest member. The 240+ members of the Forum are SME financing experts operating in 190 countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and innovation.
“SME Finance Forum is delighted to welcome SE Holdings a pioneer in helping South African farmers be resilient, innovative, sustainable and profitable, into our network. I am confident they will further contribute towards our decade-long efforts in expanding access to finance for SMEs. We have been building a global network of SME-focused institutions imparting knowledge, scaling innovations, sharing best practices and influencing policy shifts, and we are proud to welcome SE Holdings today,” said Qamar Saleem, CEO of the SME Finance Forum.
SE Holdings is a is a 100% black women-owned, managed and controlled South African agri-services holding company. Their range of services for SMEs include farm produce aggregation, agri feasibility studies, agri-business innovation and research, training development and funding facilitation.
“Through our association with the SME Finance Forum, SE Holdings aims to access the latest research, best practices and tools, network with other members and build our SME financing capacity through trainings, workshops and webinars,” says Mpumi Maesela, CEO of SE Holdings.
SE Holdings has secured funding for its network of farmers through the SEFA (Small Enterprise Finance Agency) Wholesale Funding. SE Holdings and SME Finance Forum both give thanks to SEFA for their support to the smallholder farmers who will benefit from SE Holdings production funding.
About SME Finance Forum
The SME Finance Forum was established by the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) in 2012 as a knowledge center for data, research, and best practice in promoting SME finance. As an implementing partner for the GPFI, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) was tasked with managing the initiative. The Forum operates a global membership network of +240 members that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs.
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About SE Holdings
SE Holdings is a 100% black women-owned, managed and controlled business established in 2014. SEH provides nationally emerging commercial farmers with holistic support to create sustainable farming enterprises through access to markets, non-financial and financial business solutions suited for them that are innovative and sustainable.