DVARA KGFS SECURES $10 MILLION IN DEBT FINANCING TO BOLSTER FINANCIAL INCLUSION IN RURAL INDIA

Mumbai, 24th May 2024 – Dvara Kshetriya Gramin Financials Pvt Ltd (Dvara KGFS), a rapidly growing financial services company dedicated to maximizing financial well-being in rural India, today, announced the successful debt raise of $10 million to fuel the company’s expansion plans and strengthen its efforts to empower underserved communities across the country. The funds were secured from BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund, a global impact investor dedicated to creating positive development impact.

The debt was raised through the issuance of listed non-convertible foreign currency bonds under the External Commercial Borrowings route. The Bonds are listed in the India International Exchange, GIFT City, Gujarat, India’s first operational smart city and International Financial Services Centre (IFSC), which has emerged as a nucleus for global financial transactions, fostering a conducive environment for seamless capital flow to India. Leveraging this promising ecosystem, Dvara KGFS capitalized on the opportunity to access foreign debt while also gaining international visibility.

“In a great start to a very promising year, we are delighted to announce the debt raise from BlueOrchard,” said Mr. LVLN Murty, Managing Director & CEO of Dvara KGFS. “The company aims to grow by 40% in the current financial year, and exploring various avenues of raising liquidity will be critical to ensuring of a well-diversified resource profile. Our increased partnerships with like-minded foreign funds working in the impact space will be instrumental in expanding our reach and empowering even more underserved communities by providing them with access to critical financial services.”

Dvara KGFS leverages an omni-channel approach, offering a wide range of loans and third-party products to cater to the diverse financial needs of its clientele. With a robust infrastructure encompassing 400+ branches spanning 10 Indian states, the company is poised for a trajectory of sustainable and profitable growth.

“We are thankful for the continued patronage of BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund, as this is the second round of debt they have provided to us in quick succession. It speaks volumes about the high standards of corporate governance and robust business infrastructure that the company employs to create impact in the space that deserves it the most,” commented Ms. Shilpa Bhatter, CFO of Dvara KGFS. “By listing its debt on the India International Exchange, the company also gains visibility to the fast-evolving international debt market thereby securing sustainable access to lower-cost debt and allowing us to maximize our impact on rural communities.”

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