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Hub and Umati Capital train SMEs on Business Fundamentals for Growth

Published on March 17, 2016

From March 15-16, the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, in partnership with Umati Capital, an innovative financial services provider for agri-businesses, held a training for 22 SMEs in the agricultural sector. The 'Business Fundamentals for Growth' course covered the following topics:

  • Business accounting and finance
  • Financing options
  • Markets and market linkages
  • Using technology to improve business processes


Umati Capital believes that financiers must provide more than just capital to customers, in order to differentiate themselves from their competition. Umati is proud to partner with East Africa Trade and Investment Hub in this SME training program to help us deliver this critical component of our value proposition - Ivan Mbowa, Co-founder/CEO, Umati Capital.

Here is what a few of the participants had to say about the event:

I have picked a few things that will change the way I do business. Thank you very much for organizing the training. - Angela Wahome, Melvin Marsh International.

I really learnt a lot, especially on the Trade Finance Landscape session. It helped me know that there more options than those put forth by financiers. I now know what to ask for next time - Samuel Warui Kang'ethe, Millennium Fresh Produce Limited.

The training has been helpful especially for those of us whose businesses are in the early stages. I am grateful for the Hub for organizing the training and inviting me. I will keep my eyes open for future activities - Maurice Odiwa, Kodika Pioneers.