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100 million and counting...

Written by Koen The on 25 May 2021

Lendahand has reached the milestone of 100 million euros invested in SMEs in emerging markets. Our CEO Koen The tells us how it all started and how Lendahand managed to get here.


New partner BWISE is making mobile payments accessible for all in Ecuador

Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 21 May 2021

Lendahand's newest partner BWISE offers mobile payment solutions to small and medium entrepreneurs in Latin America. Their services allow MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) to process more types of transaction payments from clients and to sell their customers accessible prepaid products.


Introducing Kori as a new investment opportunity in South America

Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 6 May 2021

172,545. That's how many women entrepreneurs Lendahand's new portfolio company Kori has supported to grow so far. Cooperative Kori, based in Peru, focuses on the financial growth of people who have their own businesses and offers group loans for women entrepreneurs.



Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 8 March 2021

With #ChooseToChallenge, International Women’s Day is a call to action for accelerating gender parity- something we at Lendahand strive to accomplish as well. We dive into the gender balance at Lendahand and put some remarkable women behind our portfolio companies in the spotlight.


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.


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.


COVID Update Webinar - Summary

Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 26 October 2020

If you didn't get the chance to participate in our latest webinar or forgot to take notes, we summarized the highlights for you. Our colleagues Thomas Plaatsman and Lucas Weaver talked about the situation and effects of COVID-19 in the emerging countries where our portfolio companies are based.


Transfer news: Lendahand founder Peter Heijen goes to PlusPlus

After almost 10 years I have decided to step down from the Lendahand Board. Thanks to my wife Esther, I had the opportunity to follow my heart and become a social entrepreneur. Thanks, Pipi Longstocking :), for that advice. Without much relevant knowledge or experience, I began on my journey to make an impact in the world, especially those who really need it.


New Partner: First Finance Cambodia

Written by Lily Zhou on 21 August 2020

The housing market is volatile and sensitive, no matter the country. While this fragility makes buying or selling property complicated enough already, this process is even more difficult for people in developing countries like Cambodia. Most Cambodian households don’t have access to formal housing finance, and commercial banks that do provide home loans generally only offer them to wealthier Cambodians. Luckily, there are some organizations that function as a safety net for these underserved families. A fine example of one of those organizations is our newest partner First Finance Cambodia.


Lendahand is crowdfunding ourselves!

Written by Koen The on 24 April 2020

As you probably already know, Lendahand’s mission is to fight poverty in emerging markets all over the world by investing in people and businesses. The way we’ve chosen to do that is with crowdfunding, and since our founding in 2013, our crowd of investors have empowered our partner companies to create over 7.000 jobs, install nearly 60.000 solar systems, and reduce CO2 emissions by around 300.000 tonnes. With that said, we still have ambitious goals for Lendahand that will take our impact to even higher levels. Therefore, we have decided to enter into a new fundraising round by crowdfunding ourselves on the UK platform Seedrs on May 6th.


Lendahand's Response to COVID-19

Written by Koen The on 3 April 2020

Although Lendahand has not yet experienced any direct effects from the COVID-19 virus (as of 2 April 2020), we nevertheless decided to implement a number of measures to help mitigate future consequences.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Written by Koen The on 16 March 2020

Hello everyone, I just wanted to send you a brief note on the status of us here at Lendahand as it relates to the Coronavirus. As I am sure you are aware, the Coronavirus pandemic has escalated rapidly...


Introducing Symbiotics: Lendahand’s newest co-financing partner

Written by Thomas Plaatsman on 6 February 2020

We’re excited to announce our newest partner: Symbiotics. With over 425 institutions financed in 83 countries across the globe, Symbiotics is a leader in the world of impact investing. By partnering with us, Symbiotics hopes to add an innovative source of funding to its portfolio of institutional investors. We’re their first crowdfunding platform, allowing retail investors to directly select the companies they wish to invest in. Find out why we're joining forces. 

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