Current SIG Recipients

PHASE I 

Khyati Foods (India)
Khyati Foods is an agribusiness focused on the production, processing and marketing of organic foods.  Their SIG initiative will provide certification and training on organic agricultural practices, for crops such as cotton and rice, to 5,000 smallholder farmer suppliers. This will allow Khyati to increase their sales and expand their market, while simultaneously providing small farmers with access to technical assistance and a stable market.

Teamwork Arts (India)
Teamwork Arts is an entertainment company that promotes Indian culture through performers, artists and writers.  Their SIG initiative will integrate 25,000 youth into literacy and cultural events in India, and will include collaboration with a variety of local partners. As a result, the company will capture new audiences and increase ticket sales and revenue through brand extension. Targeted youth will benefit from exposure to cultural events and a variety of workshops on themes such as gender, governance, and social equity.

PHASE II

Acercasa (Colombia)
Acercasa is a financial services company in Colombia that provides the low-middle class with greater access to mortgage products. For their SIG initiative, they will design and launch a new reverse mortgage product in Colombia. This will create a new product line that will increase company revenue, while simultaneously allowing the aging Colombian population to use the equity in their home to help them maintain an acceptable standard of living.

AVIS Colombia (Colombia)
AVIS Colombia is a short and long term car rental company. Their SIG initiative will install bypass oil filters in their fleet of cars to reduce amount of engine oil used by vehicles, thereby creating cost savings and reduced environmental impact of utilizing and disposing engine oil.

AVIS Ecuador (Ecuador)
AVIS Ecuador is a short and long term car rental company. Their SIG initiative will install efficient car washes to reduce water usage, which will reduce water costs and the amount of contaminants in the run-off. In additional to the environmental benefits, this will improve the operating efficiency of the company, thereby creating more value for customers and shareholders.

FU (Turkey)
FU is the leading mortgage outsourcing service provider in Turkey. Their SIG initiative is a new B2C service to provide legal services to low income non-mortgage home buyers at reduced prices. This new service will allow the company to generate additional revenue as well as strengthen its brand awareness in the B2C market, where consumers will benefit from a safe, convenient and fast deed transaction process.

Rayco (Colombia)
Rayco is a Colombian retailer, distributor, and financer of domestic goods that primarily serve the low to medium income groups who are otherwise ignored by local financial institutions. For their SIG initiative, Rayco will open stores specialized in the sale and financing of agricultural tools. Rayco predicts that this new line will allow the company to create better wages and working conditions for 1,500 Colombian laborers in the first 18 months of operation.

STS Holdings (Bangladesh)
STS Holdings is the owner of Apollo Hospital Dhaka, the only accredited hospital in the country with a commitment to high quality service to its patients. Their SIG initiative will develop an improved waste water treatment system for the hospital. This will reduce the exposure by surrounding communities to untreated waste water as well as contribute to the hospital’s objective of playing a leadership role in the healthcare sector of Bangladesh.

PHASE III

Centre de Traitement Al Kindy (Morocco)
Centre de Traitement Al Kindy is a leading cancer treatment center in Morocco. Their SIG initiative will expand the current premises of the center to improve both the quality of stay for patients and the working space for employees.

Cairo for Investment and Development (CIRA) (Egypt)
CIRA is Egypt's leading private education provider, largest K-12 school owner/ operator, and recently launched Egypt's newest and fastest growing university. Their SIG initiative will implement new ERP and university management systems in order to increase the company’s ability to better serve more students.

Cleopatra Hospital (Egypt)
Cleopatra is one of the most renowned private hospitals in Cairo, serving a catchment area of more than 5 million. Their SIG initiative will pilot a diploma program targeting 250 nurses in order to improve their skills and provide higher quality service to patients.

Mercado Electrônico (Brazil)
Mercado Electronico is a Brazilian firm providing e-commerce solutions to their clients’ procurement and logistics departments. Their SIG initiative will develop a training program for board members, customers and indirect sales channels in order to improve identified weaknesses in each group leading to improved operational performance and customer service.

Financiamiento Progresemos (Mexico)
Progresemos is a Mexican microfinance institution that offers group microloans and payroll deduction loans, mostly serving women in the rural regions of Mexico. Their SIG initiative will develop and launch a training course to help loan clients improve their business operations.

Vectus Industries (India)
Vectus is one of the largest seller of PPR pipes in India. Their SIG initiative will develop and implement a training program to upgrade the skills of plumbers in PPR installation, resulting in increased skills for the plumbers and greater product awareness within the industry.

PHASE IV

Auto King (Turkey)
Autoking is the leading body shop chain, with 49 body shops across Turkey. Five of these shop are owned by the Company and the rest are operated by franchisees. Based on discussions at the Board together with the senior management team members, investors and the External Consultant, an initiative to design, development and implementation of an automated system for moveable parts logistics including a “Mobile Application” was the ideal remedy to radically improve business performance.

Cash Plus (Morocco)
Cash Plus is the largest independent money transfer company in Morocco, specialized in national and international money transfer, bills payment. Active since 2004, the company aims at providing affordable financial services to its 1.1million of low-income unique customers, mainly unbanked, working at their financial inclusion. The offer of a prepaid credit card will allow these clients to have in the same low-cost tool both savings and payment solution with the same level of security and efficiency than traditional banking solution. The clients will be allowed to fill in their credit card (i) with cash or (ii) by routing a received national or international transfer received either on the Cash Plus mobile application or in a point of sales.

Centrale d’Equipement et Carrosserie Industrielle (C.E.C.I.) (Morocco)
CECI is a leader of Trucks body manufacturing, trucks and bus assembling and spare parts sales in Morocco and Algeria. The Group has been active since 2004 in Morocco and has succeeded in building a strong brand and a widely recognized know-how in the industry. The company therefore decided to push forward and has drafted an investment plan to for a full factory upgrade aimed at (i) improving the ergonomic and safety of working desks by redesigning the layout of the factory, (ii) upgrading the workers’ safety by improving marking and instructions’ display and (iii) decreasing the factory’s energy consumption by a better insulation, the construction of partitions and the replacement of lighting solutions.

Cimory (Indonesia)
Cimory is the leading local dairy manufacturing company in Indonesia. The company is a market leader for yogurt drinks and a new player in fresh milk. The proposed solution will address two major areas in which Cimory wants to be more efficient and effective: the recruitment and nurturing of women direct-sales force in the Miss Cimory program. In recruitment, Cimory will form partnerships with established MFIs – not only for a more sustainable risk management scenario but also as a recruitment channel by accessing the MFI’s current creditor list or replicating their creditor recruitment procedures to reach potential women employees faster and in a larger scale compared to what Cimory is currently doing.

Geofusion (Brazil)
Geofusion is a Brazilian software company specialized in SaaS (software as a service) location analytics solutions. Founded in 1996 as a marketing geography consultancy firm, since 2008 it has become the leading Brazilian company in geomarketing (geographic intelligence). The solution will allow SMBs to scale their markets, identify the competition, define regions to act, analyze the profile of existing customers, understand their potential and consumption habits, and format and launch marketing campaigns for the right people in the right place.  Geufusion’s location analytics solution will allow SMBs to have a handy, cost effective tool, which is easy to use and results in impacts to the business, as it will significantly deepen SMBs knowledge of their market.  

Silafrica (Kenya)
Silafrica aims to be the preferred supplier of plastic & packaging solutions in Africa, by creating exceptional value through the application of innovation, professional teams and entrepreneurial energy. The proposed sustainability solution is to invest in a scalable on grid solar (and potentially wind) power generation that feeds power directly into its main power supply, which will result in approximately 10% reduction of power cost (based on current electricity rates) from the power utility company.

Société Meunière Tunisienne (SMT) (Tunisia)
SMT was created in 1934 and is one of the leading, integrated Tunisian player specialized in the wheat collection, transformation into flour & semolina, Pasta& Couscous and distribution. The company is the second largest player on the pasta market in Tunisia. SMT has decided to start a feeding livestock unit project (UAB – Unite d’Aliment de Betail) that consists in the development of a production line to recover wastes from the SMT wheat crushing and pasta segment. These wastes were, until now, sold to supply other feeding livestock units. By changing the animal feed manufacturing, SMT will be able to sell the final product at a higher price instead of supplying the raw materials at a lower price to other operators.

WebRadar (Brazil)
WebRadar is a Brazilian company operating in the telecommunications and transportation markets, specializing in developing solutions based on big data analytics. Operating since 2008 in the telecommunications market, WebRadar currently has 58 employees located in offices in Rio de Janeiro (headquarters), São Paulo and Goiânia. The solution consists of creating a network of small service centers to collect tire data (RfId, pressure and tread depth) along the main roads of the São Paulo state. After the data collection, the service center will send it through the mobile network to WebRadar’s cloud servers, creating warnings and indicators for tire management. The project aims at creating an affordable service for small truck companies and independent drivers, as the measurement equipment cost will be borne by WebRadar and will be located in the service centers.

PHASE V

ABA Business Solutions Corporation (Vietnam)
ABA is the leading provider in service quality in the field of integrated cold chain, operating across locations servicing customers on a PAN-Vietnam basis and in May 2016 acquired a cold storage facility in Hanoi, to become a true integrated cold chain logistics company. Understanding the need to change the system, the board of directors decided to bring sustainable initiatives in to the business to guarantee the long-term growth of the business, by eliminating Freon refrigerant that will be gradually phased out in Vietnam by 2020 and replaced by other better environmental friendly refrigerants. The Ammonia refrigerant will be a much better replacement for Freon in terms of both environmental protection and from a branding and acquiring top tier customer’s perspective.

Acceso Crediticio (Peru)
Acceso Crediticio provides financing for vehicles, mostly taxis and mototaxis, in Peru, specializing in lower-income groups who are not sufficiently serviced by traditional financial institutions. The company currently offers natural gas conversion on all taxis financed through the company. The proposed solution will be to create a taxi “club” that will provide benefits to the taxi drivers that they are currently lacking. The goal of the program will be to negotiate attractive rates for members of the club on various types of insurance policies, and then inform the drivers about the types of policies and the costs and benefits of them in a very simple manner.

Aureumaex Industries (Singapore)
The Aureumaex Group was founded in 2012 from the merger of three established companies in the Metals, Plastics and Medical Devices businesses. Today, the Group has plants and facilities in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, China and Vietnam, and over 20 offices. After discussions with management, sales teams and shareholders, the board and management collectively decided that implementing Green Practices should happen as soon as feasibly possible including adoption and implementation of the ISO14001/OHSAS 18001/QC080000/EICC management system.

Nile Badrawi Hospital (Egypt)
Established in 1985, Nile Badrawi Hospital is one of Cairo’s better-recognized tertiary hospitals and a leading healthcare service provider for the private sector. It is located in the affluent district of Maadi, in the south side of Cairo. The hospital facility is a 13-floor building with 139 beds, 4 operating rooms, a radiology department, laboratory, and oncology center. Upgrade 4 proposed systems (Medical Oxygen Supply, LED lighting, Solar Powered Heaters, Firefighting and alarm system) to international compliant systems that meet JCI/local requirements. Those upgrades will help in enhancing patient experience and more importantly improve quality of care through environment friendly initiatives to both the community, our workers and patients.

Koza Gida (Turkey)
Koza Gida a distributor of leading specialty international food brands as well as quality local suppliers. The clientele includes HoReCa (hotel, restaurant, cafe), catering, retailers, wholesalers and distributors. Koza delivers food (dry, fresh and frozen), pastry ingredients and supporting equipment to over 1,500 customers, in more than 30 cities across Turkey. After the discussion with MEDA for the SIG, Pera and Koza came up with the idea of supplying locally for certain products including capers, dried tomato, pepper, artichoke, eggplant, pomegranate syrup, fresh fruit juice, seasonings, sauces etc. with an effort to minimize environmental impact as well as to support local community.

Shaldag Limited (Nigeria)
Shaldag Limited is an aquaculture production company seeking to take advantage of the supply deficit in fish production in West Africa, and in particular Nigeria. The company is currently constructing its first fish farm in Lagos, Nigeria. The farm will have a final capacity of 10,000MT per annum and will comprise of a hatchery, nursery and an on-growing section with future plans to backward integrate into feed production. Shaldag is looking to install sufficient solar panels at its farm to generate all the energy needs for the Phase 1 of the project.

Dormac (South Africa)
Dormac is an engineering company specializing in the delivery of turnkey solutions to clients in the marine, offshore and industrial industries. Dormac has an award-winning training pedigree, and since 2005 has qualified 770 apprentices. After discussions and meetings with employees, a decision was reached to upskill and qualify Dormac’s own employees, rather than employing a large number of contract labour in order to be able to execute projects. The company, via its Training Committee, identified the following positions to be imperative to its future sustainability and survival:  Welders, Boilermakers, Fitters, Electricians.

AZIZA de Commerce de Détail (Tunisia)
AZIZA operates a chain of soft discount stores offering food and basic consumer goods. The stores carry 1200 different products with a size ranging from 200m² to 400m². Generally located on secondary streets, the stores are very basic, well lit, clean and inexpensive to set up, enabling the company to expand rapidly. AZIZA positions its stores in densely populated areas, typically in middle income neighborhoods. The proposed initiative seeks to work on a Environment, Health and Safety enhancement package consisting of replacement of T5 fluorescent lighting with LED lightings, implementation of a monitoring energy consumption system, implementation of temperature control probes and doors for refrigerators, provision of safety shoes for employees, development of an occupational health and safety culture, and conducting an EHS audit to assess the level of compliance with standards

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