About Business Partners International

Business Partners International (BPI) is a fund management company that supports SME growth by providing financing, specialist sectoral knowledge and added-value services to viable SMEs in sub-Saharan Africa.

BPI was established in 2004 as a subsidiary of Business Partners Limited, to apply the investment model refined in South Africa to other African countries. Funds have been established in Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, and Zambia.

The management of the Funds is organised to implement the principles that Business Partners has developed to manage investments in SMEs in Africa over the last 30+ years.

What we do

BPI manages the Funds and Technical Assistance Facilities through its wholly-owned fund manager subsidiaries in Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, and Zambia.

We offer unique and individualised risk finance solutions to SMEs according to the specific needs of our clients in the countries we operate. Management support, business building and value add services are provided through Technical Assistance.

Success is achieved by integrating financing and technical assistance in a commercially and socially sustainable manner.

An integrated and proven delivery platform using risk incentives aligned to SMEs

Along with Business Partners’ innovative risk financing instruments and value-add advisory services, Business Partners has developed a delivery model unique from that of traditional private equity funds to serve this segment of family SMEs in selected African countries.

Total quality management processes and systems

Our processes and systems, developed over thousands of transactions, are utilised to maximise efficiency and reduce costs. Business Partners has adopted a policy of total quality management (TQM), which conforms to the ISO 9001:2008 standard for quality management systems.



What drives us


Our vision is to live our name, being the premier business partner for small and medium enterprises, facilitating wealth creation, job creation and shared economic development.


Our mission is to invest capital, skill and knowledge into viable entrepreneurial enterprises in South Africa, Africa and all markets where we have a presence.


Our goal is to be an internationally respected, successful and profitable business partner for SMEs.


Entrepreneurial spirit

Our people are both entrepreneurial and passionate about entrepreneurs. We invest where we see opportunity, driven by the power that small and medium enterprises are economic generators and have the power to contribute towards alleviating unemployment, poverty and inequality in the developing world.

Our entrepreneurial approach to doing business enables us to partner with our clients, in the success of their businesses.

Economic merit

Underpins all our finance and investment decisions, ensuring access to business finance and added value service for entrepreneurs from all the communities we serve. Economic merit also underpins all our operational decisions, ensuring long-term stability and the ability to deliver optimum value for the clients and shareholders alike.


Honesty, integrity and respect for human dignity are imbued in both our business and personal conduct.

Service Excellence: We exist for our clients and enjoy servicing them. We aim to delight them with our products, our innovative solutions and the quality of our service.