Uganda

Entrepreneur Financial Centre 7

With a loan of EUR 99,500 partner EFC will be able to finance 10 companies in Uganda, including a primary and secondary school.

  • Local partner investment
  • 10 new jobs
  • 271 people reached

€99,500

Amount

36 months

Maturity

4.00%

Annual interest
100%
Fully funded in 5 days on 16 July 2019.
+ 262 other investors

With this loan, Entrepreneur Financial Centre will be able to finance 10 entrepreneurs:

Wilson Blair Rugumba

Wilson in majorly in real estate business and has setup 9 high end rental units/apartments in Nyende where he is able to raise revenue of 16m per month. He has additionally raised 4 new units where he needs support of Ugx 85 million from EFC to complete them. Wilson has only 2 employees and generates Ugx 192m per annum.

Grivas Kiwanuka Musisi

Grivas runs two Schools registered as Nakyessa Day and Boarding Primary School and Nakyessa Senior Secondary school. The school has been operational for the last 17 years and is in its expansion phase.  Grivas has approached EFC for a facility of Ugx 76 million to enable them complete a dormitory block. The school turns over Ugx 2.056 billion per annum and employs 72 staff.

Edward Lule

The entrepreneur operates and trades in timber for the last 13 years. Edward also does transport as a value chain through delivery of the timber to the expected destinations. The business turns over Ugx 668 million per annum and has 6 employees. Edward has approached EFC seeking to finance construction of a warehouse for the timber business of Ugx 50 million.

Charles Jeremiah Muhumuza

Charles deals in computer appliances and runs the shop together with his brother. For the last 7 years he has been able to expand from total capital of USD 1,500 at the start to now USD 18,000. The business turns over Ugx 747 million per annum and employs 3 people. Charles is completing his home and has requested for Ugx 50 million from EFC this.

Diviinah Nsubuga

The client operates two cosmetic and weave shops in Bweyogerere and Bugolobi. Diviinah manages the day to day operations of the two shops with the assistance of one employee in each shop. The business turns over Ugx 816 million and has requested for funding of Ugx 31 million from EFC to setup own business premises.

Fiona Nakalembe

Has Fiona runs and operates an upscale lady’s saloon in Mukono. She started the business from scratch in 2011 and has since grown to its current status with capital worth Ugx 86m. The business turns over Ugx 416 million per annum and employs 8 people. Fiona has approached EFC for funding of Ugx 30 million to help her complete her residential house.

Emmanuel Turyazooka

Emmanuel operates a stationery shop that handles printing and photo copier services (secretarial services). It has been operational for the last 11 years and turns over Ugx 196 million per annum. Emmanuel employs 3 people and is seeking for funding of Ugx 25 million to complete his residential apartments.

Eric Turyatunga

Eric operates a hardware shop with a distributorship of Sadolin paint. The business is located in Mbogo and has an annual of Ugx 1.250 billion. The business employs 7 people. Eric the lead promoter requires funding of Ugx 25 million to complete his residential property.

Willison Kaweesa Magambo

The entrepreneur has set up over 65 rental units to provide accommodation for the poor. He currently employs five (5) people to support him in the day to day operations of his business. The units cost each at a cost of UGX120,000 per month, giving an annual turnover of UGX 100,800,000. Willison has approached EFC seeking funding of Ugx 25 million to complete the new units in Mulago.

Samuel Lumala

Samuel has 38 housing units for both low income earners and middle-income earners in Mengo, and Mutungo all suburbs of Kampala. The entrepreneur’s ambition is to grow in this industry of hospitality by providing affordable accommodation to the poor. Entrepreneur has an annual turnover of Ugx 115M. He has requested for Ugx 20 million to complete a streak of housing units. 

Company nameEntrepreneur Financial Centre 7
CEOGrivas Kiwanuka Musisi
Founded2003-02-12
LocationNakyessa, Nakasongola
SectorServices
Turnover€250,000
Employees112

Impact of this project

  • With this investment 10 jobs are created
  • With this investment 271 people are reached

About the investment

TypeLocal partner investment
IssuerEFC Uganda
Funding target€99,500
Annual interest4.00%
Maturity36 months
Repayment periodSemiannually
CurrencyEUR
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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.

About EFC Uganda

Loan portfolio€5,889,789
Equity / total assets31.00%
Write-off ratio last 12 months4.10%
% investment amount in arrears (>90 days)1.60%