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5 Surprising Insights from the Impact Report

Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 29 August 2022

All the results of 8 years of Lendahand are featured in the first Impact Report. We've listed five of the most surprising insights from the report.

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Q&A: Environmental Impact of Solar Home Systems

funding gap emerging marketsImpactWritten by Lynn Hamerlinck on 29 April 2022

How much CO2 emissions does a solar home system avoid? Does it depend on the light bulb you use? How can the reporting on this improve? Today, Max Steenbrink shares the findings from his research with us.

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Trivia about Kyrgyzstan for impact investors

funding gap emerging marketsImpactWritten by Lynn Hamerlinck on 14 February 2022

Our portfolio is expanding, not only in offerings and volumes, but also geographically. We’ve listed four items about Kyrgyzstan that are of particular interest to impact investors looking to expand their impact investing portfolio.

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5 benefits of solar energy for a Kenyan flower farm

funding gap emerging marketsImpactWritten by Lynn Hamerlinck on 6 January 2022

Our team recently had the opportunity to visit one of portfolio company Redavia's clients in Kenya. We've listed 5 ways the solar farm is impacting an agri-business and local community.

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How to revive women-led SMEs in Africa

funding gap emerging marketsImpactWritten 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.

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The Pinch of Financial Exclusion

funding gap emerging marketsImpactWritten 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.

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Informal Labor: Business as Usual?

funding gap emerging marketsImpactWritten 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?

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Poverty: the seven-headed dragon of humanity

funding gap emerging marketsImpactWritten 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.

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The Different Challenges Kenya Still Faces that are Keeping Many of its Citizens Poor

funding gap emerging marketsImpactWritten 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.

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The Power of Innovation in Emerging Markets

funding gap emerging marketsImpactWritten 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.

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