Lendahand Blog


How to revive women-led SMEs in Africa

Written by Charity Nyawira on 1 December 2021

Our Kenyan correspondent Charity shines a light on the challenges, opportunities, and trends that can get women-owned businesses back on their feet in 2022 and beyond.


The Pinch of Financial Exclusion

Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 18 August 2021

This blog post briefly touches on what financial exclusion means and how financial inclusion can help entrepreneurship thrive.


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?


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 Power of Innovation in Emerging Markets

Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 19 May 2021

Many would bet their gold that emerging markets are not the likely home for innovations and inventions like drones, fintech, covid contact tracing apps, and so much more. And yet, there are countless homegrown ideas from developing countries that impact the lives of thousands. When shining a light on their capabilities, we witness an incredible display of possibility.


A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy

Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 20 February 2021

Today marks Social Justice Day, a global observance date by the United Nations to encourage people to look at how social justice affects poverty eradication. This year’s theme is A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy, a topical subject, as many of us work digitally due to the pandemic.


Covering the Price of Water with Water-microfinance

Millions of people worldwide lack safe drinking water, an essential basic need. While billions come short of access to improved sanitation, there are more people in the world with a mobile phone than a toilet. How can water-microfinancing be used to counter these global problems?


5 most significant challenges Moldova is facing

Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 7 January 2021

Adding a second European partner to our portfolio, we are beyond excited to offer investment opportunities that will create a positive impact on our European soil. To get to know Moldova better, we listed five of the biggest challenges this country is facing.

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