Our Story

Founded in 2004 in Lubumbashi, Groupe Jambo has evolved intoone of the most respected, diversified conglomerates in DR Congo. From humble origins as a wholesale trading operation, Groupe Jambo currently operates two hypermarkets in Lubumbashi and Kolwezi, has completed 50,000 square meters of residential and commercial projects, and is in the process of developing a 7903 hectare farm.

Groupe Jambo is a firm believer in the potential of DR Congo and its people. Since 2004, Groupe Jambo has actively participated in the development of the Congolese economy through its wide range of investments into the retail, real estate, and agriculture sectors. Groupe Jambo’s ethos is to be a first mover in its respective industry and to build long-term value.

Message from the CEO

“From hypermarkets to residential complexes to farms, Groupe Jambo’s ethos is to create long-term for the Congolese people by executing projects that bring development and progress to DR Congo.”

We, at Groupe Jambo, are strong believers in the DR Congo success story. Blessed with an abundance in natural resources, a young population of 80 million people, and improved stability and governance, DR Congo has experienced an economic boom in the last decade. Since 2004, Groupe Jambo has been a bellwether investor and major proponent of the merits of doing business in DR Congo. From hypermarkets to residential complexes to farms, Groupe Jambo’s ethos is to create long-term value for the nation.

Overlooked by international investors, DR Congo is now attracting attention from all corners of the globe as “the next big thing” on the African continent. Groupe Jambo firmly believes that DR Congo has begun its path to becoming an African economic powerhouse.

More than a decade and a half after Groupe Jambo was founded we are still at the tip of the iceberg of what we want to achieve. Going forward, Groupe Jambo plans to expand its geographical presence across all corners of DR Congo in order to bring its mission of quality at affordable prices to the whole nation.

In the coming two years, Groupe Jambo plans on expanding its retail presence to 4 hypermarkets by 2020,expanding its real estate presence in Lubumbashi, and tackling food insecurity by further developing Ferme Jambo—our maize farm. Groupe Jambo will continue to play a pivotal role in the prosperity of DR Congo.

Groupe Jambo’s success is a testament to the dedication and perseverance of a five hundred plus strong team. I would personally like to thank all of our team members for their commitment and hard work and urge them to continue pushing the envelope to take Groupe Jambo to new heights!

Yours Sincerely,
Rajesh Fatania

Timeline of Key Events


Groupe Jambo is established as a wholesale trading operation in Lubumbashi


Groupe Jambo decides to pivot its strategy and move from wholesale trading to organized retail. Groupe Jambo leases its first premises in Lubumbashi selling a myriad of non-food items


Building on the success of its first retail store, Groupe Jambo decides to commence construction of its own retail store in Lubumbashi


Groupe Jambo inaugurates Jambo Mart, a five-story hypermarket in Lubumbashi and a first of its kind in DR Congo


Groupe Jambo leverages its experience of building Jambo Mart to establish a construction and real estate development division


Afrimmo successfully completes 10,000 square meters of residential and commercial projects


Groupe Jambo purchases 7,903hectares of farm land on the outskirts of Lubumbashi and subsequently launches its agriculture division—Ferme Jambo.


Afrimmo completes ‘Jasmin Lubumbashi’ project, a high-end residential complex in the heart of Lubumbashi


Afrimmo successfully completes 60,000 square meters of residential and commercial projects


Groupe Jambo opens its second hypermarket in Kolwezi


Groupe Jambo’s agriculture division, Ferme Jambo, harvests its first 300 hectares of maize


Ferme Jambo harvests 6000 tons of maize on 820 hectares of land


Groupe Jambo opens it’s third hypermart in Likasi on 8th December 2018.

Our Leadership

Rajesh Fatania, Co-founder

Rajesh Fatania co-founded Groupe Jambo in 2004 and has served as its CEO since its inception, spearheading the company’s successful performance over the last fourteen years. A twenty-four year veteran in DR Congo, Mr. Fatania is responsible for the operations, strategy, and execution of Groupe Jambo’s projects in DR Congo.

Mr. Fatania’s vision and local expertise of the DR Congo market paved the way for Groupe Jambo’s transformation from a wholesale trading operation to a diversified conglomerate engaged in retail, construction, and agriculture. Mr. Fatania currently spends a significant amount of his time on Groupe Jambo’s most recent venture- agriculture.

Mr. Fatania is currently based in DR Congo.

Arun Datwani, Co-Founder

Arun Datwani co-founded Groupe Jambo in 2004 and has served as a Director of the company since its inception, helping to build it into one of DR Congo’s leading conglomerates.

Mr. Datwani began his career in 1977 in Japan and moved to Dubai in 1996 in order to focus more on his investments in Africa. With over three decades of experience in trading and investing in sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Datwani actively manages investments in Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and DR Congo with the latter being the most prominent market in his portfolio. Mr. Datwani is a strong believer of the Congolese growth story and his investments in DR Congo span multi-brand retail, real estate, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and manufacturing.

Mr. Datwani is currently based in the UAE.

About DR Congo

Located in the heart of Africa, The Democratic Republic of Congo is a country of vast potential. Covering a sprawling 2,344,858 square kilometers and boasting a total population of 80 million people, DR Congo is Africa’s second largest country and fourth most populous. The nation is blessed with abundant natural resource wealth. It recently became Africa’s leading copper producer and the world’s largest cobalt producer with a production of 66,915 tons in 2014, approximately ten times that of the second largest producer. With over $20 trillion in untapped mineral wealth, DR Congo has witnessed export revenue touch $12 billion in 2014 and average economic growth of seven percent per annum since 2005. On the back of improved economic stability and growth, the government has increased investment into education, healthcare, and infrastructure whilst maintaining inflation under two percent in 2013.