Karandaaz Pakistan, a Section 42 company established in August 2014, promotes access to finance for small businesses through a commercially directed investment platform, and financial inclusion for individuals by employing technology enabled digital solutions. The Company has financial and institutional support from leading international development finance institutions; principally the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
The Company has four verticals:
· Karandaaz Capital provides wholesale structured credit and equity-linked direct growth capital investments in micro, small and mid-size enterprises (MSMEs) with compelling prospects for sustainable growth and employment generation in Pakistan
· Karandaaz Digital focuses on expanding the poor’s access to digital financial services in Pakistan by working across the ecosystem with all stakeholders including regulators, policy-makers, government departments, businesses and researchers and academics with activities arranged in four key work areas–Policy and Regulation, Seeding Innovation, Experimentation and Solutions Development, and Scale and Outreach.
· Karandaaz Innovation manages the Innovation Challenge Fund, providing risk capital and grants to partners with an aim to generate innovative solutions to complex problems in areas of financial inclusion and entrepreneurship.
· Knowledge Management and Communications supports the company's core financial inclusion goal by developing and disseminating evidence based insights and solutions to influence markets and the financial ecosystem.