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Why I don't buy the "Making Money is Evil" concept

Feb 4, 2019 5:26:00 PM / by Lucas Weaver posted in crowdfunding, impact investing

There's a distinct difference between being financially secure and being a greedy money grubber. One works hard to get the money they know they and their family need, the other is obsessed with acquiring more and more money, no matter the consequences.

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What is a Crowdfunding Project?

Jan 31, 2019 9:35:00 AM / by Lucas Weaver posted in crowdfunding

In this day and age of "Fintech" startups, the terminology can be a bit much to keep up with. In this post, I'll explain what we mean when we use the term "crowdfunding project" at Lendahand.

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Why does crowdfunding exist?

Jan 17, 2019 2:16:25 PM / by Lucas Weaver posted in crowdfunding

Remember the good ole days? Back when there was a king who owned everything and anyone who wanted to do something had to ask him for permission? Well, they were good days if you were a king.

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The Missing Metrics in Impact Investing

Oct 16, 2018 4:34:52 PM / by Hannah Barkan posted in impact investing, social impact

How much should we value social impact in our investments?

Impact investing can be defined as making investments that have a positive social or environmental impact on the world, while also making a profit. There is almost always a trade-off between making an impact and making a profit, though not necessarily a direct correlation, but how much does impact matter, and what’s more important, impact or profit?

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Can Anyone Become an Impact Investor?

Sep 17, 2018 11:25:49 AM / by Hannah Barkan posted in crowdfunding, impact investing

Why Impact Invest?

The power of compound interest means that long-term investing almost always makes sense. Although it involves more risk than keeping your money in the bank, investing means that you’ll be able to get higher returns year on year. In recent years, companies have made it much easier for inexperienced investors to enter the market, lowering the initial investment amount and providing risk profiles for different investing appetites.

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Entrepreneur Crowdfunding Success Stories from Lendahand: Asia Edition

Aug 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Hans Kramer posted in crowdfunding, impact investing, entrepreneurship

These great entrepreneurial stories from Asia are not covered in your daily news, but why?

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The System is Broken for Hard-Working Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries

Aug 15, 2018 7:05:02 PM / by Hannah Barkan posted in crowdfunding, impact investing, fighting poverty, social impact

When first starting a business, entrepreneurs almost always need some upfront capital to finance start-up costs such as buying inventory, purchasing a building, or hiring your first employees.

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7 Reasons Why YOU Should Start Impact Investing

Aug 14, 2018 3:03:09 PM / by Hans Kramer posted in impact investing, social impact, impact funds

Here are 7 reasons why impact investing makes sense financially for everyone. Not only for your typical financially savvy people like venture capitalists, investment bankers, and foundations, but also for individuals. Which reasons are the most compelling to you? Leave your story in our Facebook group Impact Investing Forum and connect with likeminded people!

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What's the Difference Between Microfinance and Impact Investing?

Jul 24, 2018 11:46:51 AM / by Hannah Barkan posted in impact investing, social impact, microfinancing

Are Microfinance and Impact Investing the same thing? How are they different? While the terms are often used interchangeably, there are significant differences between these two different types of investment; this article will cover an overview of both the similarities and the differences between both.

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Can Investing in African Entrepreneurs Be Profitable and Ethical at the Same Time?

Jul 16, 2018 2:17:46 PM / by Hans Kramer posted in impact investing, job creation, entrepreneurship

Jobs are the backbone of any economy, so it makes total sense that one of the main focuses of social impact investing is on job creation . But how do you do that?
Our answer is by granting entrepreneurs access to growth capital. But it’s a good question if it’s fair to grant a loan to an entrepreneur in Africa and make a profit . What do you think? Is it? Why not ask some of the entrepreneurs that experienced it first hand…
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Capitalism as a Force for Good in Impact Investing

Jul 16, 2018 1:27:46 PM / by Hannah Barkan posted in impact investing, capitalism

When most people hear the term “impact investing”, they often don’t know what you’re talking about. They might know that it involves investing in socially and environmentally conscious businesses, but may not be aware that impact investors make money, and are looking for a financial return. Along with social impact, impact investors are looking for financially sustainable companies that can pay back a loan or are profitable enough for them to make an exit in the future.

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What's Driving the Enormous Growth of Impact Investing?

Jul 4, 2018 11:37:14 AM / by Hannah Barkan posted in impact investing, social impact

Around the world, social impact investing is gaining traction. ESG investing has grown by 60%; social impact bonds now exist around the world; and impact investing fund managers are investing in more deals, with more success.

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How Do You Make a Boring Investment More Sexy?

May 28, 2018 11:33:19 AM / by Koen The, CEO posted in impact investing, investing, social impact

Usually, for most people, the words interest rate, loan, or investment don't come up within the first 5 minutes of a first date. If they do, you could be in for a bit of a boring evening (unless of course, you're on a date with Warren Buffet).

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Dear Banks, Will You Finally Walk the (Sustainable) Talk?

May 24, 2018 2:36:30 PM / by Hans Kramer posted in impact investing, investing, impact funds

We thought it would be nice to start this post off with some good news. Slowly but surely we’re seeing more and more banks telling us how important it is for them to invest our savings responsibly. And not just the usual suspects like Triodos. Large banks like ABN AMRO, ING and Rabobank feel urged to work on their corporate image.

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Some Right-Wingers Hug Trees Too

May 11, 2018 1:07:48 PM / by Koen The, CEO posted in impact investing, social impact

There were times when it was easy to draw a line between left-wing and right-wing stances. Nowadays, the division is not as clear. Geert Wilders, for example, wants fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands, but at the same time he wants to make health insurance cheaper for people who can barely afford it. And what about the left-wing; does it still consist of hard working laborers or is it now owned by the new deep-pocketed elite?

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Millennials Lead The Way to More Social Impact Investments

May 8, 2018 1:09:00 PM / by Hans Kramer posted in impact investing, duurzaam investeren

Investments in sustainable initiatives will continue to increase in the coming years. This is evident from a large study by Schroders Investment Managers. In their Global Investor Study 2017, they did a survey with more than 20,000 active investors from 30 countries in all parts of the world about the sustainability of their investments. People from Australia, Brazil and the USA, but also from Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

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The Complete Guide to Social Impact Investing

May 2, 2018 12:20:05 PM / by Peter Heijen, Founder posted in impact investing, social impact

This article is about the absolute necessity of a broader vision when investing. A form of investing that not only takes into account financial returns, but also social returns. For example, the impact on the environment and humanity.

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Solar, Sustainability and Crowdfunding

Apr 30, 2018 1:28:12 PM / by Eduard Tee, COO posted in crowdfunding, solar, social impact

There are various ways to combine crowdfunding and sustainability. Besides the many alternatives in The Netherlands there are other companies which focus on creating worldwide impact from the Netherlands. Improving sustainability and decreasing environmental impact is a global cause after all.

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What Is Social Impact and How Is It Changing The Way The World Does Business?

Apr 3, 2018 5:07:24 PM / by Peter Heijen, Founder posted in impact investing, social impact

The Lendahand Blog revolves around the topic of "Social Impact Investing" via Crowdfunding. But what exactly is the "Social Impact" within impact investing?

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Considering the Risk Factors in Crowdfunding

Mar 21, 2018 9:35:29 AM / by Eduard Tee, COO posted in crowdfunding, diversification

Everyone who partakes in crowdfunding is looking for ways to minimize the risks associated with crowdfunding. But how do you do this? In what way can you influence the risks of making a bad investment?

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The History of Crowdfunding in The Netherlands

Mar 20, 2018 12:50:19 PM / by Eduard Tee, COO posted in crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a timeless concept and originates from the market of books and publications. Back then, books were only written and published if there was a sufficient amount of subscriptions that indicated a certain level of interest for that subject.  This way, writing a book was ensured to be at least a bit profitable.

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Fighting Poverty and Creating Jobs through Crowdfunding

Mar 20, 2018 11:39:57 AM / by Eduard Tee, COO posted in crowdfunding, impact investing, lendahand

With crowdfunding, it is very easy to contribute to the global fight against poverty. In order to reach this, creating jobs is considered the most important instrument. For instance, you can provide a new entrepreneur with a small loan through crowdfunding easily, so he is able to start building a life for himself and his family.

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Managing Risk in Social Impact Investing

Mar 20, 2018 11:17:07 AM / by Koen The, CEO posted in crowdfunding, impact investing, investing

At Lendahand, people can invest in our local partners (banks and non-banking financial institutions) or directly to entrepreneurs through crowdfunding. These investments have interest rates of approximately 2.5 to 8 percent annually. As you can see, this is quite a difference. The higher the interest, the higher the price that needs to be paid. But the price of what, exactly?

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How Social Impact Investing Creates Jobs for Hard Working People in Developing Countries

Mar 12, 2018 4:46:41 PM / by Peter Heijen, Founder posted in impact investing

It seems like these days everyone is obsessed with jobs. No matter where you turn, what newspaper you read, news program you watch, you will hear supposed experts talking about jobs.

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How Does Social Impact Investing Help Fight Global Poverty?

Mar 12, 2018 2:00:14 PM / by Peter Heijen, Founder posted in impact investing

Social impact investing works by connecting investors with entrepreneurs and companies that are making a positive difference in the world and are in need of additional funding to grow and expand operations.

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The Most Powerful Force in the Universe (and it's probably not what you think)

Mar 12, 2018 12:24:30 PM / by Koen The, CEO posted in lendahand, investing

Recently I asked the following question in the office: assume you are really strong, you tear a phonebook in half and stack the two halves on top of each other. You tear the stack and put the new parts on top of each other again. Once more, you tear and stack. You get the idea. Now the question was: how many times should you repeat this process in order to be able to jump off the stack onto the moon? My colleague’s answers ranged from 5,000 to 1,000,000 times. Before reading on, how many times do you think you would need to tear and stack the phonebook?

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What Types of Returns Do I Get from Social Impact Investing?

Mar 12, 2018 10:58:36 AM / by Koen The, CEO posted in impact investing

Social impact investing can provide a range of returns, depending on the type of investment. Some online platforms offer equity-based investments and some operate on a lending based model, but these models can vary depending upon the types of businesses they work with.

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How Social Impact Investing is Revolutionizing Finance and Fighting Poverty

Mar 12, 2018 10:57:20 AM / by Peter Heijen, Founder posted in impact investing

Social Impact Investing came about in 2007, and can be defined as "investments made in companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return."

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