KARANDAAZ PAKISTAN, a Section 42 company established in August 2014, promotes access to finance for micro, small and medium-sized businesses through a commercially directed investment platform, and financial inclusion for individuals by employing technology-enabled solutions. Karandaaz Pakistan has received funding from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The company has four verticals:
Provides wholesale structured credit and equity-linked direct capital investments to micro, small and mid-size enterprises (MSMEs) that demonstrate compelling prospects for sustainable business growth and employment generation in Pakistan.
Focuses on expanding the poor’s access to digital financial services in Pakistan by working across the ecosystem with all stakeholders
Knowledge Management and Communications
Supports the company’s core financial inclusion goal by developing and disseminating evidence based insights and solutions.
Manages the Innovation Challenge Fund and Women Entrepreneurship Challenge, providing risk capital and grants to partners with the aim to generate innovative solutions in areas of financial inclusion and entrepreneurship.