Andy Agaba is the Founder and CEO of Hiinga. He grew up in poverty in Uganda and through his mother, experienced the power of entrepreneurship for ending a poverty cycle.. Andy graduated from Harvard with an MPA in Business and Government. At Harvard, he was a Gleitsman Fellow at the Center For Public Leadership, a Venture Resident of the Harvard Innovation Lab, and an Edward Mason Fellow in Public Policy and Management. Andy holds undergraduate degrees from Lancaster Bible College and Makerere University. He is an advisor at the MIT Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship and he advises the Government of Rwanda on Trade and Investment. His comments/opinions have appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Harvard Gazette, Boston Innovation, and HuffPost.
Hiinga is a Christ-centered economic development organization that invests in African entrepreneurs (micro, small, and middle) to transform lives. Hiinga provides micro-loans to the "last mile" through a "fund of funds" model, deploying capital to thousands of individuals through their credit, savings, and agriculture cooperatives. Hiinga provides direct loans to small and medium enterprises (SMEs - the "Missing Middle") so they can grow and generate employment. Before loans are given, small and medium-sized entrepreneurs are given a mini-MBA training infused with biblical truth and discipleship; guiding them to do business as their mode of worship to the King, and the marketplace as a primary place of mission.