Lendahand Blog


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.


Empowering entrepreneurs in Zambia (without electricity)

The following story is written by Ella van Kranenburg: As one of the supervisory board members of Lendahand, I wanted to witness where crowd invested money ends up. That’s why I joined Lendahand’s Peter Heijen and Thomas Plaatsman together with a few investors on a short, intense and educational field trip to Zambia. Rest assured, both the investors and I bought our own tickets.


Visiting our solar partner upOwa in Cameroon

Written by Lily Zhou on 16 December 2019

Enjoying a cold beer, relaxing with Netflix or simply turning on a lamp. What is normal to us, is a dream to many folks. More than a billion people across the world don’t have reliable access to energy. And of those 600 million people live in Africa. upOwa, partner of Lendahand, makes a big difference in Cameroon with their solar home systems. I visited upOwa and found out the impact of your investment.


A Commitment to Climate Action

Written by Lily Zhou on 12 December 2019

On December 11, 2019, at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP25, in Madrid, Lendahand together with 500 other companies publicly committed to accelerate the reduction of their greenhouse gas emissions to reach a 1.5 degree trajectory leading to net zero by the year 2030—20 years ahead of the 2050 targets set in the Paris Agreement.


Time: the most precious thing in the world

Written by Lucas Weaver on 22 November 2019

Recently, a group of our investors paid their own way to travel to Zambia and visit a few of our projects, guided by Lendahand Founder Peter Heijen and Investment Manager Thomas Plaatsman. We wanted to bring you a few of their stories so you can share in their experience. The following is a guest post written by Heini Withagen.


The 17 Goals for a Better World

Written by Lily Zhou on 21 November 2019

It’s almost December, so it's getting close to time for New Year’s resolutions. These resolutions are challenging goals that can help you become a better version of yourself, such as quitting smoking, running a marathon, being nicer to the people around you, or maybe even standing up for yourself more.


What is impact investing?

Written by Lucas Weaver on 25 October 2019

What is impact investing, and why should you care? In this post, we dive into impact investing and explain the ins and outs you need to know.


What is a Crowdfunding Project?

Written by Lucas Weaver on 24 October 2019

In this day and age of "Fintech" startups, the terminology can be a bit much to keep up with. In this post, I'll explain what we mean when we use the term "crowdfunding project" at Lendahand.


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.


This is why we don’t want you to buy our product

Written by Koen The on 21 December 2018

Lendahand is on a mission. We exist because we believe that there are very cool companies active in emerging markets that are creating economic value while having an enormous positive impact on their surroundings. With the right amount of funding they can build their company and create jobs. But the problem is that they find it very hard to impossible to find that funding.

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