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, mantaining office locations in Kampala and Gulu, Northern Uganda. For the next 5 years, Hiinga has a goal to deepen the impact on on our entrepreneurs to catalyze the employment of 100,000 workers in our sectoral focus areas.
Raised in a village in the heart of Uganda, Andy recognized first-hand the importance of entrepreneurship, hard work and education. Two weeks before his birth, his father was robbed of his car, shot, and killed. As the sole provider, Andy’s mother struggled to put food on the table. In addition, paying for her children’s school tuition seemed nearly impossible.+ Show More
When Andy was twelve years old, his mother took out a loan of approximately $35 to start a roadside tea café, selling chai (tea), chapati (flatbread), and mandazi (donuts). She used some of her savings from the café to buy pigs, which she raised and bred to sell to make more supplementary income. From her example, Andy learned the value of entrepreneurship and it’s role in sustainably lifting people out of poverty. In school, Andy worked hard to earn a full ride government scholarship to attend government college in Uganda, graduating top of his high school and nearly top of the entire school district. In college, he began to dream about starting Hiinga as an avenue to invest in entrepreneurs and create much needed employment. In 2012, Hiinga was launched through great miraculous provision. Andy had almost given up on the pursuit of this dream and was about to pack up to return to his native country, when in a tale of unbelievable and extreme providence, met Peter Murdock who seeded the organization out of his retirement fund.
We are blessed with a mission-driven team that each day works tirelessly alongside our clients' businesses to help them create jobs and achieve growth in the marketplace.