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MEDA M-SAWA Technical Assistance Facility

MEDA M-SAWA Technical Assistance Facility Overview 

This Technical Assistance Facility is sponsored by Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) through the Equitable Prosperity Through Private Sector Development Project (M-SAWA), funded by the Government of Canada, and administered by ANDE. The purpose of this Technical Assistance Facility is to strengthen the capacities of select small and medium enterprises in the Kenyan agriculture, constructive, and extractives sectors.

Funds will be made available to approved Private Equity Investment (PEI) Funds, to be used for pre-investment (pipelined) or post-investment capacity building activities falling within the following categories:

  • Improving business management: Training, coaching or mentoring in business acumen, financial management, supply chain management, or other overall business management function;

  • Enhancing investment readiness: Business plan preparation, strategic planning, financial modeling, market research, valuations, etc.

  • Improving business operations: Enhancing internal management systems, financial controls, operations management, supply chain development, human capital systems and employee programs, and others;

  • Improving Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) policies and practices: environmental impact, employee safety, corporate sustainability, alternate energy usage, board trainings, etc. 

The facility is designed as a matching contribution that can defray up to 50 percent of technical assistance costs (up to a maximum of the USD equivalent of $13,300 Canadian Dollars). The portion of costs NOT funded by the M-SAWA TA Facility shall be paid by the SME and/ or the SME’S Private Equity Investment Fund sponsor.

Applications to this TA Facility will be accepted on a rolling basis. Approved PEI funds will be able to access the TA Facility on ‘first come, first served’ basis. PEI funds that are faster to submit applications, expedite the consultancies concerned, pay for and seek 50 percent expense reimbursement will access a greater share of the overall value of the Technical Assistance Facility.

PEI funds that apply must identify the SMEs they plan to sponsor in the application, based on the eligibility criteria outlined below. Eligible SMEs for M-SAWA Technical Assistance Facility support must be sponsored by an approved PEI Fund. An SME cannot apply directly. A PEI Fund “sponsor” must apply on the SME’s behalf. Sponsored SMEs must be an investment candidate in the PEI Fund’s pipeline or an investee in the PEI Fund’s investment portfolio.

SME Eligibility Criteria to Access M-SAWA TA Facility funding:

SMEs must satisfy ALL of these criteria to be eligible for the M-SAWA TA Facility funding:

  1. Be legally incorporated and registered in Kenya
  2. Annual turnover: Between USD 15,000 and USD 15,000,000
  3. Must have 10 or more permanent, full-time staff
  4. Must have been in existence for no less than 2 years
  5. Have audited financial statements available for the last 2 years
  6. No record of bankruptcy
  7. Must routinely buy from, subcontract, or sell to SE’s (Small Entrepreneur - a self-employed person such as a farmer or brick layer) 
  8. SME Sector: Be operating in the agriculture (excluding primary crop production), construction, extractives, manufacturing, health, financial services, education, technology and hospitality/food service sectors of the Kenyan economy.
  9. Must have some form of recurring operations (supply chain or distribution linkages, processing facilities, offices, etc.) in at least one of these counties along the LAPSSET and Northern corridors of Kenya (Turkana, Samburu, Isiolo, Garissa, Tana River, Lamu, Bungoma, Busia, Kakamega, Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Bomet, Narok, Kitui, Makueni, Taita-Taveta, Kilifi, and Kwale) Additional counties: Machakos, Kiambu, Nakuru, Kericho, Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Meru, Laikipia, Baringo and Marsabit. 

Grant Timeline

Applications will be received on a rolling basis. The Technical Assistance Facility will run until December 2019 and all successful PEI funds will be expected to have completed and met the grant deliverables by October 31st 2019.

How to Apply

ANDE invites interested PEI funds to write to Edna Karanja, East Africa Chapter Coordinator at Include in the email subject line “ANDE Technical Assistance Facility.”


Do I have to be an ANDE Member to apply for the grant?


Do I have to be a Kenyan based PEI Fund to access the grant?

No. You are, however, expected to have recurring operations in targeted counties along the LAPSSET and Northern economic growth corridors.

Can I make multiple applications to the grant?

Yes. A PEI fund can sponsor more than one SME if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Is the 50% match required?

Yes. Each reimbursement claim submitted by PEI Funds must demonstrate a minimum 1:1 cash match.

I do not have the cashflow to pay for the TA upfront, can you provide a grant instead of the reimbursement?

No. Funds will be disbursed on a reimbursement basis.  

I am a Consultant; how can I be selected to provide business consulting services?

Consultants may be approved and contracted by a sponsoring PEI Fund or by the sponsored SME.

I am a PEI Fund; how do I apply for the Technical Assistance Facility?

PEI funds interested in applying for the fund should write to Edna Karanja, who will then send an application package to the interested PEI fund.

What is your definition of “extractives”?

The extractives sector of the Kenyan economy mainly consists of oil, gas, and mining activities. This initiative can support companies either directly involved in oil, gas and mining activities or providing support services to these companies (such as catering companies supplying oil and gas companies). If you are unclear if your company qualifies under the extractives sector please contact ANDE for clarification.

The Equitable Prosperity Through Private Sector Development (EPTPSD) project is carried out by Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada (GAC)