Convergence Partners has announced the closure of its investment in Yellow, a provider of pay-as-you-go finance for off-grid solar home systems and connectivity solutions for low-income consumers in parts of East Africa.
This is the fourth investment in Convergence Partners’ thirrd fund – the approximately $300-million Convergence Partners Digital Infrastructure Fund.
Convergence Partners recently announced that it has spun out its first permanent capital vehicle under management, Convergence Partners Investments, which has been rebranded as Solcon Capital. Convergence Partners will continue to be the brand under which the third-party private equity funds under management business will operate.
Lack of access to consumer finance lies at the heart of African consumer pain points, as it inhibits asset ownership and their associated services. By leveraging innovative technology and disruptive distribution models through its proprietary tech platform ‘Ofeefee’, which enables last-mile distribution and credit provision, Yellow has become a catalyst for change and a model for leveraging technology to solve the most pressing problems of everyday African households. Since entering the market in 2018, Yellow’s has rapidly grown its reach to more than 400 000 households across Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and Madagascar.
Brandon Doyle, CEO of Convergence Partners, says: “We are excited to be backing the Yellow team. We have been tracking off-grid solar power asset finance space for many years but have failed to find a business model and team that we felt we could back until now. Yellow’s offering also sits well with our promise to our investors of strong investment returns married with solid social development impact; in this case by tackling the triple challenge of financial inclusion, green energy distribution, and broadband penetration, and doing so profitably while servicing the unbanked communities of the lowest income countries of Africa.”
Michael Heyink, CEO of Yellow, comments: “We are excited and honored to welcome Convergence Partners as shareholders in Yellow. They are investors with great vision. As a management team we believe they will add huge value in helping us deliver digital and financial inclusion across Africa.”
Source: Convergence Partners