Dolidol, a Moroccan manufacturer and distributor of bedding products, has secured a €20 million financial support of the International Finance Corporation and Proparco to enhance its production and sales in Nigeria.
The financing package includes a loan of €13.5 million from IFC and €6.5 million provided by Proparco, the French Development Institution.
The financing will support Dolidol’s entry into Nigeria, where it plans to purchase Mouka, the country’s leading mattress and bedding supplier.
The Moroccan bedding maker seeks to strengthen its distribution network in Nigeria and improve the quantity and quality of bedding products available there. Dolidol’s expansion plans are expected to create more than 200 direct and 600 indirect jobs in both Nigeria and Morocco.
“Dolidol has built a strong brand recognition in Morocco,” said Dolidol’s CEO Mohamed Lazaar. “We hope to offer Nigerians affordable, high-quality beddings and develop our operations in the country while offering jobs, trainings, and sustainable supply chains”.
For his part, Xavier Reille, IFC’s Country Manager for the Maghreb, said that with the right financing and support, private businesses like Dolidol can create much-needed jobs and help drive a resilient economic recovery from COVID-19 in Africa.
“Our financing also supports regional integration through south-south business development, with a Moroccan company expanding its operations in Nigeria”, he added.
“Through this partnership with Dolidol, Proparco is pleased to contribute to the emergence of a pan-African leader in consumer goods. We are convinced that the private sector will offer capital support to the continent through this type of proactive projects in terms of economic development and boosting renewable energies,” said Denis Sireyjol, Proparco’s Director of Industry, Agriculture and Services Division.
Set up in 1972 in Casablanca, Dolidol employs currently over 1,000 people in Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire.
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