Homelux Property

With EUR 125,000 Homelux will be able to develop 160 homes for low-income households and create 80 jobs (co-financing project).

  • Direct investment
  • 80 new jobs
  • 320 people reached



36 months



Annual interest
Fully funded in 23 days on 23 October 2017.
+ 300 other investors

IMPORTANT NOTE: high risk product - direct investment to a company. No local partner in between to cover risks.

Basic info:

Issuer: Homelux Property Development 
Currency: EUR
Amount: 125,000
Maturity: 36 months, semi-annually and linearly amortizing
Collateral: None
Interest rate: 6% p.a.

Direct investment

This is a co-financing project: 33% of the funding needed will be crowdfunded via Lendahand, 67% will be financed by institutional investors. One of these institutional investors is the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF), a mandate from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs managed by Triple Jump. 

This is a direct investment to a company (rather than lending to a financial institution) and therefore it is recommendable that you are careful with the amount you will invest. 

About Vakayi

Vakayi is an SME (small and medium size businesses) impact venture fund that commenced operations in late 2016. The fund has to date been supported by the Dutch Good Growth Fund, a Dutch government fund of funds created to support funds in emerging and frontier markets. It has also received support from Capria Accelerator Fund a fund accelerator and advisory based in Seattle, USA. The fund aims to invest in Zimbabwean SMEs in the essential services (healthcare, housing/property, education and clean energy) to achieve superior rates of capital appreciation as well as social impact.  

About Homelux and the Project

Justin Machibaya founded Homelux Real Estate (Pvt) (“HRE”) Ltd in 2002. HRE is in the business of property sales, property management services and valuations. In 2006 Justin Machibaya created Homelux Property Development (“HPD” or “Homelux”) which is in the business of property development. Homelux has successfully completed numerous residential property developments, early-on in the middle and top income segments of the markets. Homelux has recently begun developments for the low-income segment of the market following the demand and attractive margins in the segment.    

With a EUR 125,000 loan Homelux will develop 160 ready-to-build residential stands for the affordable housing market in Harare. There is a serious shortage of housing in the affordable segment of the market with the city municipality reporting that there is a housing backlog of over 1 million units. This loan will enable families the opportunity to own their own home.   

Impact of the loan: 

  • 160 new homes 
  • 80 jobs created 
  • Pre-school to provide services for a 100 children

It is expected that buyers will buy the residential stands for cash. It is expected that all the stands will be sold over a period of 18 – 24 months. Homelux will make quarterly repayments of the loan over 3 years.  


Chai Musoni – Partner/Chief Executive Officer Chai is the founding partner of Vakayi. He has worked in corporate finance for over 20 years doing deals in Zimbabwe and the region. Before starting Vakayi he was the head of Deal Advisory for KPMG in Zimbabwe. He has extensive business networks in Zimbabwe and deep domain experience. He holds a B.Compt (Univeristy of South Africa) and an MBA (The Henley Management College).   

Patrick Makanza – Partner/Chief Investment Officer Patrick is the founding partner and of Vakayi. He has extensive private equity experience having worked for one of the country’s first equity funds for over 15 years, joining as an analyst and rising to become the managing director. He holds a BBS (UZ) and an MBA (UZ).    

Company nameHomelux Property
CEOJustin Machibaya
LocationHarare, Zimbabwe

Impact of this project

  • With this investment 80 jobs are created
  • With this investment 320 people are reached

About the investment

TypeDirect investment
Funding target€125,000
Annual interest6.00%
Maturity36 months
Repayment periodSemiannually
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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 info@lendahand.com.

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.

Lendahand will always conduct due diligence when a Company requests for a direct loan. To provide more insights on risks, an independent partie comes in to perform brief analysis on direct loans. The results can be downloaded on the project detail page of the direct loan. However, this analysis serves primarily as a tool for your own opinion and conclusion. Pay attention to the fact this analysis is not an investing advice.

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?

Yes. The Dutch Authority Financial Markets (AFM) has provided Hands-on B.V. (with trade name 'Lendahand') in September 2016 with an investment firm license in accordance with article 2:96 of the Financial Markets Supervision Act (Wft). Placing orders on Lendahand's website is therefore an AFM regulated activity. Lendahand also meets its minimum capital requirements of EUR 125,000 following its license as required by De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).

Lendahand uses an exemption from an approved prospectus that is available up to EUR 5 Million per year. 

How safe are my personal details?

We adhere to strict safety requirements with regards to private and payment details. All sensitive data is sent through an encrypted connection (https). Also, data is stored (encrypted) in a secured facility provided by AWS: the world largest hosting service. Customer documents can only be retrieved by a secured connection and multi-factor authentication.

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?

Lendahand works with Intersolve EGI: a Dutch financial institution that specialises in offering services in the field of payment settlement and electronic money. To be able to offer these financial services Intersolve EGI must comply with the applicable financial legislation. Intersolve EGI is therefore supervised by De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) and the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) and is in possession of a license to act as an Electronic Money Institution (and therefore also has a license as a Payment Institution). Your money will be deposited on a protected and secure bank account until the project you have invested in has been fully funded. Intersolve in no way has access to these funds. Once the project is fully funded, the money is transferred to the local partner or company in question.

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.

Additionally, Lendahand is part of the investor compensation scheme (ICS). This scheme aims to compensate individuals and small businesses who have trusted money and or financial instruments (such as notes or options) to a licensed bank, investment firm or a financial institution in case the financial firm is unable to meet its obligations arising from claims related to the investment service (in other words, if Hands-On BV is not keeping track of the acquired notes by investors in the Wge depot correctly). The ICS guarantees an amount of up to EUR 20,000 per individual. For more information, go to www.toezicht.dnb.nl/en/2/50-202210

Why is my money going via Intersolve EGI?

As part of the AFM license for investment firms it is required that operational activities carried out by Lendahand (maintaining the website, contracting of local partners, legal issues, etc.) are strictly separated from financial transactions (payments made through the website). Intersolve takes care of the payments. This collaboration offers you more security, since your money is placed on a protected bank account immediately after you have made your payment.

What happens when a local partner goes bankrupt?

When a local partner goes bankrupt, there will be a chance that you lose (part of) the amount you lend. Obviously Lendahand will try to recover outstanding payments, but the success rate will be limited in such situations. For the investor there is no possibility to take action against the financial institution. From a legal point of view the local partners are separated, therefore it is recommendable to spread loans across different local partners.

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