Uganda

Entrepreneur Financial Centre 4

Met een lening van 81.650 euro is EFC in staat om 7 boerenbedrijven te financieren in Oeganda, waardoor de boeren kunnen uitbreiden.

  • Local partner investment
  • 16 new jobs
  • 189 people reached

€81,650

Amount

30 months

Maturity

4.00%

Annual interest
100%
Fully funded in 2 days on 26 May 2019.
+ 168 other investors

Agriculture Project

Katumba Rogers

Katumba Rogers operates a farm on 1 square mile. His farm has got 20,000 poultry birds, 450 pigs, 3,000 cattle and a banana plantation of more than 120 acres. The farm is located in Sanga. Rogers employs 21 people on his farm and makes an annual turnover of Ugx 1.6 billion through this trade. He is now seeking for funding of Ugx 50million to acquire fertilizers and also set up an irrigation system on his firm.

Peterson Ssozi

Mr. Ssozi is a seasoned business man that has been involved in agriculture for the last 30 years. He runs a hatchery with a capacity of hatching 1,000 eggs per day. He both sells chicks and rears birds. He has over 15,000 birds a mixture of quails and chicken. The business has an annual turnover of Ugx 945 million. The business is located in Makindye and it employs 12 staff and will be getting 2 new ones. Mr. Ssozi has requested for Ugx 86 million for purposes of putting up more modern chicken houses, a state of art that can boost the business to the next level.

Mbabaali Dennis

The entrepreneur has been operating an agriculture business since when he was 16 years old. He never got an opportunity to go to school. His hard work has paid off through the successful projects he set up of piggery, poultry and a banana plantation. The farm is located in Busika off Gayaza road. The business generates a turnover of Ugx 718million. He currently employs 17 people. Dennis approached EFC to acquire a loan of Ugx 45million in order to purchase a track for ease of delivery and transportation of goods from the firm to the market.  

Gerald Mukasa

Gerald Mukasa has been in business for the last 12 years. He runs a poultry firm with 9,500 birds and also makes and trades in poultry feeds. Gerald’s business is located in Nsagi and employs 3 people. The business makes an annual turnover of Ugx 679 million. Gerald has approached EFC for Ugx 40m to set up a modern chicken feeding system.

Kijambu Robert

The entrepreneur trades in agriculture inputs including Pesticides, seedlings and agricultural tools. The business is located in Kakiri where it has been operating for the last 8 years. The business has been registered and trades as Farmers Bridge. It has an annual turnover of Ugx 208million and employees 2 people. The entrepreneur has approached EFC for Ugx 25million to increase on its permanent working capital.

Mugisha Jackson Comrade

Jackson rears rabbits in Zirobwe and has done this for the last 6 years. The farm currently has 1,200 rabbits . The business annually turns over Ugx 891 million and has 8 employees. Jackson is seeking Ugx 60 million to expand the farm.

Kasendwa James

James runs a piggery farm in Buloba having 750 pigs. He has been in this trade for the last 13 years. He has recently started a Bio- energy section which produces power for entire firm and house.  The business turns over Ugx 749 million per annum and employs 4 people. James has applied for Ugx 35 million for support in his expansion program.

Company nameEntrepreneur Financial Centre 4
CEORogers Katumba
Founded1998-02-26
LocationSanga
SectorAgriculture
Turnover€1,386,279.16
Employees67

Impact of this project

  • With this investment 16 jobs are created
  • With this investment 189 people are reached

About the investment

TypeLocal partner investment
IssuerEFC Uganda
Funding target€81,650
Annual interest4.00%
Maturity30 months
Repayment periodSemiannually
CurrencyEUR
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About the risks

What are the risks of investing money?

Our local partners cover the risk of currency exchange rates and loan defaults. They do this by maintaining financial reserves for this purpose . In addition, there is an option to claim their equity if needed. While these measures are intended to minimize the risk to funders, our local partners face risks of their own that could effect their ability to secure a loan. These include: - bankruptcy - currency exchange rates - fraud - operational risks - political and regulatory changes - natural disasters or epidemics.

If you invest direct in a company, hence not via a local partner, risks of default are not covered. As the risk that comes with direct lendings is generally higher than an investment through a local partner, the interest rate is also higher.

There is also some operational risk at Lendahand. An example might be that Lendahand is unable to find shareholders to finance their activities. In such a case, Lendahand will handle outstanding loans at the best of its ability. At the same time, our ability to legally address non-payment from local partners becomes understandably difficult.

How does Lendahand minimize the risks?

Local partners must adhere to our mission and work with us to provide loans that are affordable. This insures that local entrepreneurs have access to financing that allows them to grow their business. A local partner must also have a track record. In other words, they must have proven themselves as a meso-credit provider for SMEs. This means (for instance) that the partner must have a solid credit portfolio, along with enough buffers and equity to compensate for unexpected downturns. We also check the organizational structure of the partner and how robust their (internal) procedures are. Finally, the loans that a local partner receives via Lendahand must be in proportion to the partner's total balance sheet. A healthy balance between effectuating influence and independence is crucial. If you would like to receive more information on the financial indicators we employ, please contact us via info@lendahand.com.

When currency exchange risks become too high for a local partner, Lendahand will urge the local partner to cover these risks. In some scenario's the local partner is contractually obliged to comply with these demands.

Lendahand will always conduct due diligence when a Company requests for a direct loan. To provide more insights on risks, an independent partie comes in to perform brief analysis on direct loans. The results can be downloaded on the project detail page of the direct loan. However, this analysis serves primarily as a tool for your own opinion and conclusion. Pay attention to the fact this analysis is not an investing advice.

Does Lendahand provide guarantee on the loans?

Normally we don't. Local partners take care of the repayment, even if (some) entrepreneurs are unable to do so themselves. If the local partner is for some reason unable to repay then there is a chance of partial or full loss of your money. For this reason Lendahand only selects financially solid partners based on strict criteria.

Also, for most direct loans no guarantee is provided. For these investments currency risks are covered however.

Sometimes - and only for some direct investments in Africa - our partner Sida, part of the Swedish government, will provide a guarantee with a maximum of 50%. If this is the case, it will be indicated explicitly.

Does Lendahand have a license or exemption?

Yes. The Dutch Authority Financial Markets (AFM) has provided Hands-on B.V. (with trade name 'Lendahand') in September 2016 with an investment firm license in accordance with article 2:96 of the Financial Markets Supervision Act (Wft). Placing orders on Lendahand's website is therefore an AFM regulated activity. Lendahand also meets its minimum capital requirements of EUR 125,000 following its license as required by De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).

Lendahand uses an exemption from an approved prospectus that is available up to EUR 5 Million per year. 

How safe are my personal details?

We adhere to strict safety requirements with regards to private and payment details. All sensitive data is sent through an encrypted connection (https). Also, data is stored (encrypted) in a secured facility provided by AWS: the world largest hosting service. Customer documents can only be retrieved by a secured connection and multi-factor authentication.

What happens if the local currency devaluates?

Our local partners and Companies bear the exchange rate risks. We settle the loan, redemptions, and interest payments in euro.

Does Lendahand use a third foundation fund?

Lendahand works with Intersolve EGI: a Dutch financial institution that specialises in offering services in the field of payment settlement and electronic money. To be able to offer these financial services Intersolve EGI must comply with the applicable financial legislation. Intersolve EGI is therefore supervised by De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) and the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) and is in possession of a license to act as an Electronic Money Institution (and therefore also has a license as a Payment Institution). Your money will be deposited on a protected and secure bank account until the project you have invested in has been fully funded. Intersolve in no way has access to these funds. Once the project is fully funded, the money is transferred to the local partner or company in question.

What happens with my money if Lendahand goes bankrupt?

If Hands-On BV (containing the brand name Lendahand) would go bankrupt trades between Lendahand and payment service provider Intersolve EGI would cease immediately. Intersolve will then transfer the funds in your personal wallet to your bank account (Note: if at this time the project you have invested in has been fully funded and the money has thus been transferred to the local partner, these funds will not be transferred back to your bank account). Intersolve will then in consultation with a trustee handle all repayments between the investors and investees up until the final repayment of the last project has taken place.

Additionally, Lendahand is part of the investor compensation scheme (ICS). This scheme aims to compensate individuals and small businesses who have trusted money and or financial instruments (such as notes or options) to a licensed bank, investment firm or a financial institution in case the financial firm is unable to meet its obligations arising from claims related to the investment service (in other words, if Hands-On BV is not keeping track of the acquired notes by investors in the Wge depot correctly). The ICS guarantees an amount of up to EUR 20,000 per individual. For more information, go to www.toezicht.dnb.nl/en/2/50-202210

Why is my money going via Intersolve EGI?

As part of the AFM license for investment firms it is required that operational activities carried out by Lendahand (maintaining the website, contracting of local partners, legal issues, etc.) are strictly separated from financial transactions (payments made through the website). Intersolve takes care of the payments. This collaboration offers you more security, since your money is placed on a protected bank account immediately after you have made your payment.

What happens when a local partner goes bankrupt?

When a local partner goes bankrupt, there will be a chance that you lose (part of) the amount you lend. Obviously Lendahand will try to recover outstanding payments, but the success rate will be limited in such situations. For the investor there is no possibility to take action against the financial institution. From a legal point of view the local partners are separated, therefore it is recommendable to spread loans across different local partners.

About EFC Uganda

Loan portfolio€5,889,789
Equity / total assets31.00%
Write-off ratio last 12 months4.10%
% investment amount in arrears (>90 days)1.60%