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.
Poverty in the Democratic Republic of Congo
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?
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.
Female entrepreneurs are driving GDP growth worldwide, and they’re not slowing down
Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 11 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?
3 Lendahand Portfolio Companies that use Technology to Fight Poverty
Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 26 November 2020
Today we explore three Lendahand Portfolio Companies you might not know are using innovative technology to fight poverty. Technological innovation creates opportunities to grow economies in entirely new ways.
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