New York, 18 October 2022 — Ladies’s World Banking Capital Companions II (WWBCP II) has introduced an funding in Latin American fintech firm Tienda Pago, representing WWBCP II’s ninth funding so far. WWBCP II seeks to shut the gender hole in monetary inclusion, whereas demonstrating the enterprise case for gender lens investing by attaining engaging returns for its traders.
Small companies are elementary drivers of financial growth in Latin America and signify the overwhelming majority of companies and employment within the area. Nonetheless, they lack entry to funding, with knowledge displaying that Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) obtain solely 12% of whole formal credit score within the area. Tienda Pago helps to bridge this hole by offering small enterprise homeowners with working capital through short-term stock financing on its digital platform. The corporate, which operates in Peru and Mexico, works with product distributors to offer seamless, cashless transactions that profit not simply store homeowners, however suppliers as effectively, offering worth at each ends of the provision chain.
Tienda Pago’s companies had been of specific significance in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, as small retailers disproportionately confronted the challenges of lockdowns and supply-chain disruptions. Throughout this time, the corporate’s purchasers had been in a position to proceed stocking their inventories whilst gross sales slowed, and households stayed in enterprise regardless of the short-term shocks.
Leveraging Ladies’s World Banking’s proprietary, data-driven organizational and market gender assessments, Tienda Pago will establish alternatives to extend publicity to potential feminine clients, in addition to entice and retain feminine candidates for employment. WWBCP II will work to make sure gender parity is a precedence in staffing choices, notably in underrepresented expertise positions. The funding may even improve WWBCP II’s publicity to the historically underserved market of women-owned MSMEs.
“Small enterprise homeowners are the cornerstone of financial growth, and entrepreneurship is a crucial piece of the worldwide technique to extend girls’s monetary inclusion,” stated CJ Juhasz, Chief Funding Officer at Ladies’s World Banking Asset Administration (WAM). “We’re very excited to companion with Tienda Pago to offer entry to finance for this essential buyer base.”
“Our new and present traders’ continued assist of Tienda Pago’s enterprise mannequin and growth will enable us to develop and generate extra impression in our communities,” added Dan Cohen, CEO and founding father of Tienda Pago. “Small shops are on the coronary heart of their communities; their well being instantly impacts their neighborhoods. Right this moment, over 68% of individuals working in small shops are girls caring for their households. Offering formal and steady credit score permits these girls to have their shops well-stocked.”
Ladies’s World Banking Asset Administration co-led the Collection B spherical alongside IDC Ventures. Present Tienda Pago traders additionally participated within the Collection B spherical, together with Kaszek Ventures, QED, Accion Enterprise labs, Agrega Companions and Oiko Credit score, in addition to a brand new investor, the Alumni Fund.
About Ladies’s World Banking Asset Administration
Ladies’s World Banking Asset Administration (“WAM”) invests in progressive inclusive finance corporations in rising markets, guiding them to seize the substantial market share of financially underserved girls and the largely untapped expertise pool of girls employees and leaders. WAM’s first Fund was a pioneer of gender-focused impression investing in inclusive monetary service suppliers. WWBCP II expands the gender-focused funding technique in progressive monetary service suppliers, with a devoted technical help facility to assist portfolio corporations obtain strategic aims towards gender inclusion.
About IDC Ventures
IDC Ventures is an funding fund that funds tasks that drive innovation and digital disruption. IDC Ventures focuses on corporations within the fintech trade, market, and platforms all through Europe, the US, and Latin America. So far, it has raised greater than USD $400 million for expertise corporations and supported tasks similar to Curve, Bipi, RecargaPay, Merqueo, Securitize, and plenty of extra.
About Tienda Pago
Tienda Pago (“TP”) is a fintech firm that operates in Mexico and in Peru. TP offers short-term credit score to small comfort shops within the area to purchase stock from established Client Packaged Good corporations (CPGs) and distributors. TP permits shops to obtain stock for every week, paying for these deliveries instantly through banking switch to the stock suppliers. Tienda Pago makes use of progressive cellular expertise and enterprise fashions to succeed in a inhabitants that’s financially underserved to foster monetary inclusion.