Hiinga is a Christ-Centered Impact Investing Fund, dedicated to investing in the East African "Missing Middle" entrepreneurs, so they can create jobs that bridge the gap between poverty and wealth. Recognizing that access to capital is not the only requirement for business success, our loans are complimented with business training / coaching / mentoring by ourselves or through collaborations with partners in the ecosystem. In addition, we provide Christian discipleship and leadership development to entrepreneurs so they can employ and mentor others, creating long-term value for their communities, families and churches.
Since launching our SME Fund in 2017 with partnership from Geneva Global's Integrated Fund, Hiinga has financed more than 250 Small and Medium-Sized businesses in the agribusiness, education, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors. These businesses directly employ over 5,000 individuals and benefit tens of thousands more indirectly. We work across the country of Uganda, maintaining office locations in Kampala and Gulu, Northern Uganda. For the next 5 years, Hiinga has a goal to deepen the impact on our entrepreneurs to catalyze the employment of 100,000 workers in our sectoral focus areas.
Andy Agaba, founder and CEO of Hiinga, one of Calvary's mission partnerships in Africa, will be in the United States for 2 weeks and we are bringing him to Calvary to share the vision with those in our church who are interested in microfinance and impact investing as ministry. This is a unique opportunity and we hope that many will join us to meet Andy and hear firsthand about what God is doing through Hiinga.
We plan to send a small team to Uganda in the spring to lay the foundation for future mission trips to Uganda. This ministry and future trips will be of interest to people who love finance, economics, and entrepreneurship.