Lendahand Blog


Five Minutes With Clarisse

Written by Femke Rutgers on 4 January 2021

Our “Five Minutes With” series continues with our franꞔaise Clarisse, Lendahand’s talented designer. She creates all of our illustrations and animations, including the drawings on this image. Moreover, Clarisse is a great photographer and a dog-person. She brought her dog to the Netherlands, it's a Jack Russel named Jack!


Five Minutes With Eke

Written by Femke Rutgers on 21 December 2020

We proudly present Eke, our Operational and Office Manager. Eke is always happy to offer a helping hand, and the one who arranges the most original surprises for the team: from special deliveries to fun (online) activities. She goes for a swim in the North Sea at least once a week, all year round- it's refreshing and energises her for the rest of the day. After living and working in the UK and Spain, we’re happy to have her near.


Five Minutes With Koen

Written by Femke Rutgers on 7 December 2020

Today, we introduce you to Koen, who's had an unlikely career path from quantitative analyst, to institutional sales, to becoming Lendahand's CEO.


Five Minutes With Melissa

Written by Femke Rutgers on 23 November 2020

Melissa was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. After obtaining her legal degree at the University of Pretoria, she spent three years in private legal practice, whereafter she joined the corporate world as an in-house legal advisor. For most of her career, she's been active in the renewable energy space. She has two amazing kids and dogs, and a bucket list item for her would be to see the Hellisheidi geothermal power plant in Iceland. Her favorite travel destinations are the Kruger National Park and the Western Cape.


Five Minutes With Adriaan

Written by Femke Rutgers on 9 November 2020

Today’s “Five Minutes With” interview features Adriaan, who gave up the sunny grounds and dark basements studying experimental physics at the California Institute of Technology to join Lendahand in the middle of the pandemic. Apart from working on data, technology, and investments at Lendahand, he enjoys rock climbing.


One year at Heilige Boontjes

Written by Lynn Hamerlinck on 27 October 2020

One year ago we moved to our office on Eendrachtsplein in Rotterdam. Lendahanders love their office. On our blog, we tell you all about what makes it so unique.


Five Minutes With Vini

Written by Femke Rutgers on 26 October 2020

Today we introduce you to Vini in our second interview of our “Five Minutes With” series. Vini is Brazilian, and among other interesting facts, he learned to program when he was only 11 years old and initially studied game development.


Five Minutes With Daniel

Written by Femke Rutgers on 12 October 2020

Lendahand has almost doubled in size in the last 1,5 years. Time for a re-introduction of our team! Starting in this series is our newly appointed CFO: Daniel van Maanen. Daniel joined our company this January (how much the times have changed since then..), has a background in investments and was the CFO at his previous company Aircrete.


Solar brings positive energy to Bar Bobofils

Written by Lily Zhou on 14 February 2020

Last month I wrote about my visit to our solar partner upOwa in Cameroon. Their solar home systems literally empower people. Even people in remote places get access to clean energy. Today I’ll take you to one of these places. Travel along to Sa’a and get to know the Bobofils family.


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.


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.


Lendahand in Indonesie: van lening tot impact

Op zondag 1 april (geen grap) kwam ik aan in Yogyakarta. Gelukkig had Novita, Executive Assistent bij Nusa Makmur, me al voorbereid op het vervoer. In plaats van onderhandelen met een taxi-chauffeur in de hitte (33 graden) heb je handige Apps waarmee je een chauffeur kunt vinden in de buurt. Je kunt voor de Indonesische Uber gaan, genaamd GrabCar of gebruik GoJek voor een motortaxi.


A story from Colombia

Written by Tobias Grinwis on 24 April 2017

A while ago we received a nice question from Wendele, one of our lenders. She would go traveling in Latin America and was wondering if she could do anything for us. We asked her to visit some of "our" entrepreneurs during her stay in Colombia. We just received an enthusiastic mail about her first day visiting our local partner Eclof!


Entrepreneur speaks: Liwanag Serrato from The Philippines

Liwanag Serrato is de vrouw achter Jello Woodworks, een Filipijns winkeltje in houtsnijwerk. Ze staat al op de uitkijk als we bij haar werkplaats in Marikina City aankomen. In haar kleine kantoortje vertelt ze hoe een collega ondernemer haar attendeerde op NPFC en Lendahand.

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