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Poverty in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Written by Femke Rutgers on 3 March 2021

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the richest countries in natural resources. How is it that it is still one of the poorest countries in the world?

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Five Minutes With Lily

Written by Femke Rutgers on 23 February 2021

Lily is Lendahand’s Growth Strategist, a mom of two, and one of the few people in the office that doesn’t drink coffee. Another fun fact is despite her lack of singing skills (her words, not ours), she loves karaoke. We’ve asked her a couple of questions to help you get to know her better. 

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Interview with Funding Societies CEO Kelvin Teo

Written by Lucas Weaver on 23 February 2021

We recently conducted an email interview with Kelvin Teo, Co-founder and Group CEO of Funding Societies | Modalku. Here’s what he had to say about the exciting prospects of Peer-to-Peer lending in Southeast Asia, as well as the impact Funding Societies is making by providing much needed capital to underfunded SMEs.

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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.

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Five Minutes With Tobias

Written by Femke Rutgers on 9 February 2021

Tobias started as an intern with Lendahand and then spent five months in the African bush in a conservation team at a wildlife reserve. When he returned, he began as an LAH employee and eventually grew to become the Head of Investments. Fun fact: over the course of 30 years, he’s had the privilege of taking care of 19 dogs. (And no, not because the mortality rate is that high!)

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Five Minutes With Lucas

Written by Femke Rutgers on 26 January 2021

Lucas is a sports-fanatic from Texas and moved to Rotterdam a few years ago. He has a lot of responsibility, working as Lendahand’s Head of Growth and owning an English language school. When he’s not working, Lucas enjoys taking his dog Remi out for walks, making his famous peanut butter-banana oats, and going to the gym.

Updates

Lendahand is adding USD to our portfolio

Written by Koen The on 20 January 2021

We’re excited to announce that Lendahand is adding investment offerings in U.S. Dollars to our portfolio. Up until now, Lendahand has always carried out deals with our portfolio companies in euros. Adding investment opportunities in USD means a fresh batch of new opportunities will be coming your way.

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Introducing Funding Societies to our portfolio

Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 22 December 2020

Funding Societies (FS) is a fast-growing digital financing platform in Southeast Asia, based in Singapore. They operate a crowdfunding platform and provide short-term credit to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Through their services entrepreneurs can get the financing they require to grow their business.

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What is your Lendahand Wallet goal for 2021?

Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 14 January 2021

New year, new goals! Is contributing to a better world one of your New Year’s resolutions? Are you also creating personal financial goals? Set your Lendahand Wallet goal for 2021 and get started.

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Covering the Price of Water with Water-microfinance

Written by Femke Rutgers on 12 January 2021

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?

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5 most significant challenges Moldova is facing

Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 14 December 2020

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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Five Minutes With Clarisse

Written by Femke Rutgers on 4 January 2021

Our “Five Minutes With” series continues with our franꞔaise Clarisse, Lendahand’s talented designer. She creates all of our illustrations and animations, including the drawings on this image. Moreover, Clarisse is a great photographer and a dog-person. She brought her dog to the Netherlands, it's a Jack Russel named Jack!

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Five Minutes With Eke

Written by Femke Rutgers on 21 December 2020

We proudly present Eke, our Operational and Office Manager. Eke is always happy to offer a helping hand, and the one who arranges the most original surprises for the team: from special deliveries to fun (online) activities. She goes for a swim in the North Sea at least once a week, all year round- it's refreshing and energises her for the rest of the day. After living and working in the UK and Spain, we’re happy to have her near.

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Book recommendations for under the Christmas tree

Written by Femke Rutgers on 15 December 2020

Looking for some Christmas present inspiration to give to your loved ones? We’ve got you covered. The team at Lendahand listed their favorite books to help you get the right reading material to enjoy during the holidays. Must-reads, from uplifting true stories to research-based solutions to global problems.

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Five Minutes With Koen

Written by Femke Rutgers on 7 December 2020

Today, we introduce you to Koen, who's had an unlikely career path from quantitative analyst, to institutional sales, to becoming Lendahand's CEO.

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