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.
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.
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.
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!)
An interview with First Finance CEO Sothany Chun
Written by Lucas Weaver on 28 January 2021
This month, we got the chance to hear from First Finance CEO Sothany Chun who told us about what they’re doing to help people in Cambodia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Introducing Mikro Kapital Moldova as a new European investment opportunity
Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 10 December 2020
A new emerging market has been added to our portfolio, and it’s one close to home. Mikro Kapital Moldova is our second entrance into the European market and is sure to create an important impact in one of the continent’s poorest nations, Moldova.
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!
What impact investing is really about
Written by Koen The on 28 December 2020
Lendahand CEO Koen The takes us back to the essence of impact investing in concluding odd 2020 and warming up for 2021.
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.
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.
Female entrepreneurs are driving GDP growth worldwide, and they’re not slowing down
Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 10 December 2020
In many emerging markets, the empowerment of women is particularly important. But there’s a worldwide need to support women to fulfill their potential. Are women the next emerging market?
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