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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?

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From 1,000 euros to 100 million. Meet three investors who got us there

funding gap emerging marketsUpdatesWritten by Lily Zhou on 24 June 2021

Last month Lendahand celebrated the great milestone of 100 million euros in investments made. We can't say it often enough: we couldn't have achieved this without you, our crowd. This milestone belongs to all of us. That is why we called three investors who have been investing in Lendahand since the beginning to listen to their stories and experience with the platform.

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Poverty: the seven-headed dragon of humanity

funding gap emerging marketsImpactWritten 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.

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The Different Challenges Kenya Still Faces that are Keeping Many of its Citizens Poor

funding gap emerging marketsImpactWritten 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.

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100 million and counting...

funding gap emerging marketsUpdatesWritten 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.

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

funding gap emerging marketsUpdatesWritten 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.

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The Power of Innovation in Emerging Markets

funding gap emerging marketsImpactWritten 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.

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Introducing Kori as a new investment opportunity in South America

funding gap emerging marketsUpdatesWritten 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.

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