Gerweiss Motors Corp.
With EUR 54,200 Sean is able to produce more eco trikes and install more solar powered charching stations.
- Local partner investment
- 2 new jobs
- 8 people reached
Gerweiss Motors, Corporation is a duly registered corporation under Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 15, 2011. It is located in the island of Boracay and in the rural area of Malay, Aklan. It is a family owned business, founded and managed by Sean Gerard Villoria, married to Edelweiss. The name Gerweiss is a combination of the couples names. The business is engaged in customizing, manufacturing, designing, and selling of electric vehicle or also called as e-trikes. The movie An Inconvenient Truth touched the heart of Gerard and Edelweiss, where their idea came out to create something that would help the environment. In November 2008, Gerard manufactured his first e-trike which is still in used in Taguig City, Manila and was used in the current APEC Summit. Its full operations full blasted in 2011, where around 300 e-trikes was manufactured and distributed in Boracay Island, and some cities in Manila, like in Mandaluyong. E-trike is a battery operated car that are maintained and monitored by Gerweiss Motors, Corporation and its sister company Gerweiss Station where batteries are charged. Batteries are not sold, instead, operators leases it for a daily fee. It aims to lessen the noise and air pollution in protecting the environment and to increase the driver-operators income.
It has five regular and 24 part-time workers, given with a competitive salary. They are targeting to hire more unskilled workers, or drop-outs from school, at the same time. They also conduct a program about financial literacy and introduce savings to their drivers and operators. Currently, Gerweiss Motors, Corp. is in partnership with the local government of Malay, Aklan for more e-trike projects. Their next step is to build a solar-powered charging station to create a completely eco-friendly operation.
Lendahand and its local partner NPFC, will provide a fixed asset loan to Gerweiss Motors, Corporation that will be used to produce an additional of 14 units of e-trikes and to acquire one unit of power transformer.
|Company name||Gerweiss Motors Corp.|
|Sector||Manufacturing / Production|
Impact of this project
- With this investment 2 jobs are created
- With this investment 8 people are reached
About the risks
What are the risks of investing money?
Our local partners cover the risk of currency exchange rates and loan defaults. They do this by maintaining financial reserves for this purpose . In addition, there is an option to claim their equity if needed. While these measures are intended to minimize the risk to funders, our local partners face risks of their own that could effect their ability to secure a loan. These include: - bankruptcy - currency exchange rates - fraud - operational risks - political and regulatory changes - natural disasters or epidemics.
If you invest direct in a company, hence not via a local partner, risks of default are not covered. As the risk that comes with direct lendings is generally higher than an investment through a local partner, the interest rate is also higher.
There is also some operational risk at Lendahand. An example might be that Lendahand is unable to find shareholders to finance their activities. In such a case, Lendahand will handle outstanding loans at the best of its ability. At the same time, our ability to legally address non-payment from local partners becomes understandably difficult.
How does Lendahand minimize the risks?
Local partners must adhere to our mission and work with us to provide loans that are affordable. This insures that local entrepreneurs have access to financing that allows them to grow their business. A local partner must also have a track record. In other words, they must have proven themselves as a meso-credit provider for SMEs. This means (for instance) that the partner must have a solid credit portfolio, along with enough buffers and equity to compensate for unexpected downturns. We also check the organizational structure of the partner and how robust their (internal) procedures are. Finally, the loans that a local partner receives via Lendahand must be in proportion to the partner's total balance sheet. A healthy balance between effectuating influence and independence is crucial. If you would like to receive more information on the financial indicators we employ, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
When currency exchange risks become too high for a local partner, Lendahand will urge the local partner to cover these risks. In some scenario's the local partner is contractually obliged to comply with these demands.
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Does Lendahand provide guarantee on the loans?
Normally we don't. Local partners take care of the repayment, even if (some) entrepreneurs are unable to do so themselves. If the local partner is for some reason unable to repay then there is a chance of partial or full loss of your money. For this reason Lendahand only selects financially solid partners based on strict criteria.
Also, for most direct loans no guarantee is provided. For these investments currency risks are covered however.
Sometimes - and only for some direct investments in Africa - our partner Sida, part of the Swedish government, will provide a guarantee with a maximum of 50%. If this is the case, it will be indicated explicitly.
Does Lendahand have a license or exemption?
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Lendahand uses an exemption from an approved prospectus that is available up to EUR 5 Million per year.
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What happens if the local currency devaluates?
Our local partners and Companies bear the exchange rate risks. We settle the loan, redemptions, and interest payments in euro.
Does Lendahand use a third foundation fund?
What happens with my money if Lendahand goes bankrupt?
If Hands-On BV (containing the brand name Lendahand) would go bankrupt trades between Lendahand and payment service provider Intersolve EGI would cease immediately. Intersolve will then transfer the funds in your personal wallet to your bank account (Note: if at this time the project you have invested in has been fully funded and the money has thus been transferred to the local partner, these funds will not be transferred back to your bank account). Intersolve will then in consultation with a trustee handle all repayments between the investors and investees up until the final repayment of the last project has taken place.
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|Equity / total assets||17.00%|
|Write-off ratio last 12 months||14.20%|
|% investment amount in arrears (>90 days)||19.90%|