With a loan of EUR 26,150 around 72 women in North Bengal can buy more seeds and material to cultivate more crops.
- TypeLocal partner investment
- Annual interest3.00%
- Maturity24 Months
- 6 new jobs
- 72 people reached
Fully funded in 6 days.
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The quaint countryside of North Bengal is home to several agrarian communities. Being cut off from major cities and towns, agriculture is the way of life here. Katiahat and Bhaduria are two such districts- most of the families residing here are engaged in paddy cultivation, which gives them the highest revenue. Jute, banana and potato cultivation are also popular.
The average monthly income of such families is less than $120 as a result of which the land they work on is usually on lease. Due to their hand-to-mouth situation, the families try to cut down on labour costs by ensuring that all family members work on the field. Children, after returning from school, help out their parents with farming. With such conditions, availing loans to better their prospects has been difficult.
However, BJS has been supporting women and their families in this area by providing them with agricultural loans. Through this project, these agrarian communities of North Bengal will benefit socio-economically. The loan amount will not only help them purchase seeds, manure and other necessary tools for farming, but also reduce dependence on monsoon by helping them invest in other ways of irrigation. As the women of the households would be the recipients of funds, it will go a long way towards empowering them and helping them find their own financial footing. 72 women will receive funds as part of this project. Pictured here are a few women from the group.
Local partner Milaap provides a loan to BJS for the seventh time and the loan must be repaid within 24 months.
- Company nameBJS 9
- OwnerBiswajit Das
- LocationWest Bengal
- SectorFinancial services
Impact of this project
- With this investment 6 jobs are created
- With this investment 72 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?
No. 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 direct loans no guarantee is provided.
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).
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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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|Write-off ratio last 12 months||0.00%|
|% investment amount in arrears (>90 days)||1.40%|
|% investment amount in arrears (>180 days)||1.10%|