Alios Finance is a Pan-African specialized finance company. Alios offers small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and individuals products such as leasing, investment loans and consumer finance. Alios has operated in Africa since 1956, primarliy in West Africa. The company is now expanding in the eastern and southern parts of the continent, and Norfund has invested in the operations in Tanzania and Zambia. Increased access to financing of SMEs makes it possible for companies to grow and develop local private sector and create employment.