Lendahand Blog


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. 


Why Lendahand is expanding our Co-financing portfolio

Written by Thomas Plaatsman on 23 January 2020

Our team is always trying to find ways to increase our product offering while still maintaining the high standards of our investment portfolio. Co-financing is an exciting opportunity for us to do just that.


Update SimGas Kenya Ltd.

Written by Peter Stolze on 21 February 2019

Lendahand heeft de afgelopen 6 jaar ongeveer 2.400 projecten gefinancierd van 30 uitgevende instellingen. Van de totale gelden die via de websites van Lendahand zijn geïnvesteerd, moeten we nu ongeveer 2.5% afboeken. We willen dit percentage uiteraard niet laten oplopen en als het even kan verlagen. Daarom hebben we een aantal conclusies getrokken.


Na 6 jaar 1e faillissement in portfolio Lendahand

Written by Peter Stolze on 14 February 2019

Vorige week bereikte ons het bericht dat het onze Keniaanse partner NewLight Africa niet is gelukt nieuwe financiering aan te trekken om de hieronder genoemde (nieuwe) strategie uit te kunnen voeren. Een internationale crediteur van NewLight Africa heeft dientengevolge besloten de uitstaande gelden op te eisen. Het resultaat hiervan zal zijn dat het bestuur van NewLight Africa op zeer korte termijn daadwerkelijk het faillissement zal aanvragen, omdat niet aan het verzoek kan worden voldaan. Helaas betekent deze ontwikkeling dat investeringen in deze partner volledig zullen moeten worden afgeschreven. Alle investeerders in deze partner zijn inmiddels ingelicht.


Lendahand wint Gouden Stier 2018

Written by Peter Stolze on 22 October 2018

In de categorie Crowdfundingplatformen is Lendahand winnaar geworden van de Gouden Stier 2018. De IEX Gouden Stier-Beste Keuze is een onafhankelijk keurmerk en geeft beleggers handvatten om de juiste beleggingsbeslissingen te nemen.


Lendahand is a Best For The World Company 2018

We are very proud of that we have been awarded again this year. SInce we first obtained our B Impact score we've tried to raise the impact bar for ourselves while creating an attractive financial product. Social impact and a healthy return go hand in hand.

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