A tour of our MFI offerings on four continents
Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 28 July 2021
Entrepreneurship is the fundamental basis of the microfinance approach to poverty alleviation. That's where it matches so well with the mission of Lendahand. Here's an overview of the local financial institutions in our portfolio that finance SMEs in emerging markets.
How do we get more people in emerging markets into the formal economy? Simple, make money cheaper.
Written by Koen The on 22 July 2021
As an economics student you learn about the 'law of one price': the concept that the price of identical assets should be the same. Then after college, as a student of life, you quickly realize that what you learned as an economics student is simplistic and detached from reality. In other words, horse crap.
New at Lendahand: Financing SMEs in their Local Currency
Written by Koen The on 19 July 2021
In addition to investments in Euros (EUR) and U.S. Dollars (USD), Lendahand is adding a third opportunity to our portfolio: investing in the SMEs local currencies. This new addition increases the access to financing for entrepreneurs in emerging markets without adding currency exchange risk for you.
Invest in entrepreneurs in Nicaragua through MiCrédito
Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 16 July 2021
Lendahand's newest investment opportunity MiCrédito is a microfinance institution in Nicaragua with a strong social background. They have been involved in micro-lending since 2004 and have developed a successful micro-lending program for rural populations, who are neglected by both the regulated financial system and by MFIs.
Informal Labor: Business as Usual?
Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 12 July 2021
To work in the grey economy is business as usual for over 2 billion people worldwide. What goes with working in the shadow of the state and the economy?
From 1,000 euros to 100 million. Meet three investors who got us there
Written by Lily Zhou on 24 June 2021
Last month Lendahand celebrated the great milestone of 100 million euros in investments made. We can't say it often enough: we couldn't have achieved this without you, our crowd. This milestone belongs to all of us. That is why we called three investors who have been investing in Lendahand since the beginning to listen to their stories and experience with the platform.
Poverty: the seven-headed dragon of humanity
Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 23 June 2021
Poverty comes in so many shapes and forms, and we all know it’s a real problem that causes severe problems for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. It’s time to identify this huge hurdle we’re dealing with as we prepare ourselves to face and defeat this seven-headed dragon.
The Different Challenges Kenya Still Faces that are Keeping Many of its Citizens Poor
Written by Charity Nyawira on 14 June 2021
Kenya has the 6th highest GDP out of the 46 countries in Sub Saharan Africa, at $101.05 billion. Unfortunately still, over 36% of Kenyans live below the poverty line, earning less than KES 5000 or roughly $50 a month. The majority of Kenya’s poor population suffers multidimensional poverty, experiencing different kinds of hardships at the same time. What’s ailing the country? From harmful cultural practices to social inequalities, inadequate medical coverage, unemployment, and harsh climatic conditions; let’s scrutinize the various factors that make Kenyans poor and what the future holds.
The iProcure Difference: Bettering the lives of farmers, agro-dealers, and its community at large
Written by Charity Nyawira on 8 June 2021
We spent a day with iProcure's management, employees, and customers to understand the company’s operations, future goals, and how their services are impacting the community.
3 Types of African Fintech Projects Receiving Significant Investor Support
Written by Charity Nyawira on 27 May 2021
While many African countries are birthing innovation after innovation; Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa received 82% of the total fintech investment in Africa 2020. We analyze some of the leading types of innovations in these and other African countries.
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