The Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF) is a Washington DC – based organization that manages private equity funds in over sixteen countries around the world. In Uzbekistan SEAF manages the Central Asia Small Enterprise Fund (CASEF) that was launched in July 2002 with the sponsorship and financial backing of the Swiss Government, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group, and USAID – United States Agency for International Development.
For the past ten years CASEF has invested in a range of local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) dealing with tourism, agribusiness, healthcare and financial services.
SEAF’s local office provides technical support to the individual investee companies as it monitors and guides their growth and development.
SEAF’s objective is to help strengthen the private SME sector by using CASEF’s investments as role models.