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DJ Inqo Investments Limited Investment in Four-One Financial Services Ltd

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Inqo Investments Limited

13 June 2018

INQO INVESTMENTS LIMITED

London: 13 June 2018

Inqo Investments Ltd, the NEX-listed ('INQO') social impact investment company today announced a second tranche investment in Four-One Financial Services Ltd, the Uganda-based management company of the Mazima Micro-Pension Scheme.

The Mazima Retirement Plan is the trading name of Mazima Voluntary Individual Retirement Benefits Scheme (MVIRBS). It is a micro-pension scheme for low income earners in the informal sector of the economy who do not currently have any formal retirement savings schemes. The Uganda Government licensed Mazima to provide a voluntary savings scheme for such low income earners. Four-One Financial Services is the management company responsible for the marketing and management of the Mazima Retirement Plan.

Under the Mazima Scheme, savings are flexible - the minimum required to open an account is UGX 2,000 (US$0.60) with no further regular savings required. Savers choose when and how much to save. By aggregating the small savings, Mazima is be able to get Fixed Deposit (FD) rates that would not be available to the small savers. Current FD rates for 12 months are 10-12% pa. The larger the fund size, the higher the compound interest income.

Over the 18 months since its launch, the scheme has attracted over 1,100 savers with a fund size of UGX 800m. Mazima has entered into an agreement with Pride Microfinance Limited, the largest micro-finance institution in Uganda, to roll out its services to its 500,000 micro-finance clients. In addition, the company has entered into an agreement with MTN, Uganda's largest mobile operator, to jointly promote the Mazima scheme to its 10 million Mobile Money subscribers.

Inqo is making a US$100,000 investment as a Convertible Loan Note to enable the company to expand and enhance its IT capabilities to handle the expected increase in the number of transactions resulting from the Pride Financial and MTN agreements. The funds will also be used for the development of a mobile app and strategic marketing.

Enquiries

 
 Inqo Investments Limited                     Tel: +27 (0)83 6254069 
  Chris Bertie, Chief Financial Officer 
  and 
  Chief Operating Officer 
 
 Shard Capital Partners LLP                   Tel: +44 (0)20 7186 
  NEX Exchange Corporate Adviser and Broker    9948 
  Dr Wang Chong 
 

About Inqo Investments Limited

'INQO' (www.inqo.co.za) is a South Africa-based social impact company listed on the London NEX Exchange. It makes strategic acquisitions and investments in businesses designed to tackle poverty and provide employment, products and services to the poor in Low Income Countries (LICs).

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