Barka is an impact fund focused on African entrepreneurs taking measures to address urgent climate and environmental challenges in their communities. Barka supports their efforts to scale environmental and climate solutions and build sustainable companies.
1) We are one of very few funders exclusively focused on filling the "finance gap.”
2) We offer both equity and debt investments and are purposefully flexible as the capital needs of the companies are diverse.
3) We provide a solution to prepare startups for funding rounds and put the right tools at their disposal.
We work with existing incubators and accelerators programs to identify, integrate and build a community of climate-focused startups. Through our partnerships and support, these programs organize and implement several initiatives, including calls to action for climate startups, marketing and promotional strategies, innovation hubs and business case competitions.
We support efforts to build a vibrant and successful African entrepreneurial ecosystem by adopting a phased approach to investing that begins with an investment-readiness program followed by a capital investment solution.
The investment readiness program includes one-on-one support, capacity building, training and specialized support and expertise to help companies address specific technical challenges or achieve particular goals.
Rekia is a corporate finance professional, with experience working and investing in Africa. Rekia leads Barka’s investment activities and manages the team. Rekia's professional career spans more than 15 years in the financial services sector, across 3 continents (North America, Europe and Africa). As Head of Project Development at MCA, a structure of the Office of the President of Niger, Rekia helped raise $437 million for two greenfield, growth-focused climate-resilient projects.
Rekia graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with an MBA in Finance. She is bilingual in English and French.
Anaïs has over 10 years of experience supporting social and environmental start-ups and non-profits. She specializes in renewable energy and agriculture sectors in Africa, employing public-private-community partnerships, blended finance, advocacy, and women-led rural innovation.
Anaïs holds a BA from Sorbonne University and a Master's in Management "Grande Ecole" from SKEMA Business School.
She is conversant in several languages, including French, English, Kiswahili and Kabyle. She is an Algerian and a French national.
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