Female-led Kinara Capital raises Rs 200 cr to empower MSMEs in India


Kinara Capital, which offers unsecured business loans to SMEs, said Friday it has raised Rs 200 crore led by British International Investment (BII), the British development finance institution and impact investor.

Existing equity investors nuveen and ASN Microkredietfonds, advised by Triple Jump, also participated in the financing round.

With this financing Kinara Capital aims to grow 5 times by 2025 and reach an Assets Under Management (AUM) of Rs 6,000 crore.

“The combined expertise and capital injection of BII, Nuveen and Triple Jump will expand Kinara Capital’s offering to meet the rising demand of the SME sector in India. With this support, we, at Kinara Capital, are further motivated to fulfill our mission of financial inclusion,” said Hardika Shah, founder and CEO of Kinara Capital.

More than 300 MSME sub-sectors in manufacturing, trade and service sectors can digitally leverage ‘myKinara’ unsecured business loans in the range of Rs 1-30 lakh.

Kinara Capital plans to reach more than 2,000,000 SMEs in more than 100 cities over the next three years.

The social impact of this growth is expected to support more than 1 million jobs in local economies and generate more than Rs 3,000 crore in incremental income for small business owners, the company said.

“Women-led fintech company Kinara is advocating for women’s empowerment and providing easier access to capital for small entrepreneurs across India. The UK government is proud to support the company with BII’s investment,” said Alex Ellis, UK High Commissioner to India.

Kinara Capital’s other major equity investors include Gaja Capital, GAWA Capital, Michael & Susan Dell . Foundation (MSDF) and Patamar Capital.

“We are excited to participate in this investment round for Kinara Capital, which we believe is at the forefront of driving financial inclusion with its digital processes combined with a personalized approach,” said Rekha UnnithanManaging Director and Co-Head of Private Impact Investing, Nuveen.


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