Category Archives: Kenya tea

Proparco in East Africa

French financier Proparco had a mini cocktail while their CEO Luc Rigouzzo was in Nairobi last week. The CEO, who grew up in Africa (Ivory Coast) talked about the group investments and potential they see in Africa, being real, not just afro-optimism statement.

In the banking sector, Africa with its 1 billion combined population has a potential urban population of 300 million banking customers, hence Proparco’ intervention in the banking sector as well as infrastructure sectors

Proparco with € 1.5 billion assets has 37% of loans and 26% of equity investments to Africa, and their loan portfolio at 2008 comprised 146 million Euros in east & central Africa, and 154m Euros in West Africa
Proparco invests in social, environmental investments for the public good and that transom poverty.

The consumer may not see or feel this kind as Proparco’s intervention is at a higher level with loans of € 5 to 30 million per project (over durations of 5 to 20 years) and up to to 100m in infrastructure, and equity of € 2 to 20 million (over 4 to 10 years)

Tea estate

In Kenya they have invested in Mumias sugar, I&M bank, Zain, Bank of Africa, Serena Hotels, KTDA) , NIC Bank, Rabai Power, Kenafric. Ormat (Geothermal), while Uganda has bugajali hydro power, DFCU, and in Tanzania they have Tigo.

Tea themed restaurant

Coming soon: The Kenya Tea Development Authority intends to open a tea themed restaurant in Nairobi similar to a java or starbucks that will sell branded teas and promote a quality tea drinking culture in Kenya. They will then roll these out in other towns and countries

Other opportunities


from the daily papers

Diagnostic marketing executives at Crown healthcare.

Interior designers at Design corporate. Apply to by October 20

Communications officer (CO/06) at Forum for African women educationalists. Apply through KPMG at by 27 October

Finance manager (C062-M31) at Githingo consulting . Apply to 31 October

Project risk manager and credit officers(s) at HFCK. Apply to by October 20

Assistant services manager and a Data manager at Homegrown. Apply to by 25 October

Investment analyst at IFC. Deadline is October 20

CEO at the National Hospital Insurance Fund. Apply to by 27 October

Training programs developer, Country manager – south Sudan, Business development executive, and Associates (facilitators/trainers) at Pinnacle training & consulting. Apply to by October 31

Various jobs at Safaricom

HR manager at Softa Bottlers. Send applications to

Senior lecturers, associate professors, and full professors at Strathmore business school . Apply to by October 30

Human resource manager at World Wildlife Fund. Apply to by October 27

hotel for sale
A 9-storey, 114 room hotel on Mombasa Island in the CBD with 3 conference rooms, restaurant, and 2 bars – formerly operating as Polana Hotel has now been put up for sale by the NSSF.

Weak Tea

Sister companies, Kaphcorua Tea and Williamson Tea, both reported losses for the six months ending in September 2005. Turnover was down by 8% to 206m at Kapchorua and by 13% to 526 million at Williamson and operational loss at both companies was 4m and 7m respectively. The loss before tax was 28m at Kapchorua and 53m at Williamson for the six months. The companies attributed the losses to oversupply of tea in the international markets and reduced margins caused by a strong shilling, with a warning that losses will continue until the shilling weakens. This follows a bad year for Sasini Tea as well.

Tea warning

With tea in abundance in China, more and more is being shipped abroad – and expanding sales by Chinese tea growers are causing alarm in other developing countries that depend on growing tea, like India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

In 2004, Kenya surpassed Sri Lanka to become the world top producer of tea with the her top 4 export destinations being Pakistan (23.2%), UK (15.1%), and Egypt (19%).

Bank Brief’s

Matatu Finance at K-Rep
K-Rep Bank has launched a product that will finance up to 80% of the purchase of matatu (minibus). The package also comes with insurance, a fleet management system, stolen vehicle recovery system and a hand held metal detector (source: The Financial Post)

Postbank Expands
Postbank, which is facing stiff competition from micro-finance institutions, has opened five new branches in Bomet, Karen, Migori, Nanyuki, and Thika. (source: The Financial Post)

Equity Bank Expands
Equity Bank plans to open seven branches at the Coast according to chief executive officer, Mr James Mwangi, who also lamented that despite Mombasa branch customers depositing Sh50 million in the past two months, only Sh2 million had been borrowed. Mr Mwangi also denied in the Weekly Advertiser (Nation) newspaper that the long customer queues at some of Equity’s branches were signs of a liquidity problem – saying that they were the result of electricity failures that have plagued Nairobi during the on-going rains.

ADB to fund forest cover in Kenya
The African Development Bank (ADB) will channel $29.8 million through Nyayo Tea Zones Corporation to replenish Kenya’s depleted forest areas.