How can solar energy access help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?
In September 2015, the world’s leaders came together to agree on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. These cover equality, health, energy access, education, poverty and more.
Energise Africa hits £5 million milestone
Energise Africa has successfully raised more than £5 million from 1,000 UK retail investors supporting solar energy projects across sub-Saharan Africa
Energise Africa will receive an additional £1.6 million of capital from UK aid
Energise Africa will receive an additional £1.6 million of capital to attract crowd investment from 1,500 new small UK investors, and connect at least 125,000 more people to clean, reliable energy.
Nicer ISAs creating a positive impact in Africa
From 2016 investors also have an ethical ISA option via the Innovative Finance ISA (IF ISA). This means that investors can create a positive impact with their investments, whilst also benefiting from tax-free returns.
Can millennials shape the future of impact investing for the better?
The tech savvy Millennials are not only the largest generation so far, they are also the most ethically-minded. Can they really shape the future of ethical investing by putting their money where their mouth is?
1,250 Energise Africa supporters making an impact with their money
Just over 9 months since launch and Energise Africa has attracted over 1,250 motivated supporters, who have invested more than £4 million in funding for 33 projects in sub-Saharan Africa.
A £3 million milestone is an encouraging step towards achieving Global Goals
Energise Africa has raised over £3 million in funding for 25 projects in rural areas of Africa, with investors earning a potential return of up to 6%. Find out more about the on the ground impact here.
Our UK investors raise £1.7M to deliver Azuri solar power to rural Africa
The partnership between Azuri and Energise Africa enables retail investors to support the transformation of Africa and at the same time, make a potential return of 5% per annum on their investment.
New annual £2.5 million crowdfunding initiative launched by BBOXX and Lendahand Ethex
Lendahand Ethex partners with BBOXX to raise a target £2.5 million per year via a series of retail focused investment offers to deliver life changing solar home systems whilst targeting a 5 % annual return.
How can solar energy help smallholders in sub-Saharan Africa?
Most households in sub-Saharan Africa depend on smallholder agriculture for their livelihoods. How can solar water pumps help them to address the issues of water shortages, uncertain rainfall and rising temperatures and their impact on food production and crop yields?
Energise Africa: Financing Off Grid Solar Solutions
‘The Africa Energy Forum: Off The Grid’ invited Lendahand Ethex’s Managing Director Danny den Hartog to speak about the importance of providing flexible financing for Off Grid Solar Solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa.
How funding solar access in Africa is helping bring impact investing opportunities to UK investors
Find out how impact investing is not longer aimed solely at experienced investors or institutions with large portfolios; new opportunities are opening up for eligible socially-motivated investors to make a positive impact with their money.
How off grid solar has helped to create a generation of entrepreneurs in Kenya
SunTransfer and Sollatek are two businesses that have recently listed on the platform and provide great examples of how thriving solar businesses can be created in Kenya by tapping into the entrepreneurial spirit which is so prevalent in the country.
Can energy access help empower women in Uganda?
Women in Uganda struggle for gender equality (Uganda ranks 110th on the Gender Equality Index). Here, the team at Lendahand Ethex look at how clean energy access is helping women to gain an education and create an income.
UK crowd has potential to play a critical role in helping 110,000 families in Sub-Saharan Africa secure vital access to clean and affordable solar energy
Two of Europe’s leading online impact investing platforms Lendahand and Ethex with support from UK aid and Virgin Unite have launched Energise Africa
Lendahand Ethex become members of the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association
Lendahand Ethex has recently joined the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) which was created to accelerate access to modern energy. Find out more about what GOGLA does and read its most recent solar market report for 2016.
Making positive choices as to how you invest your money
Lisa Ashford discusses at a recent Economist Impact investing conference how retail investors have the power to create significant positive change in the world if they start to take greater ownership of how and where their money is being invested and that it is possible to generate a social, environmental and financial return.
Solar Energy - Changing lives in Uganda
It's not until you witness things first hand
that you truly get to understand the full impact that solar energy is having on
the lives of people. Some of the Lendahand Ethex
team were lucky enough to visit families, businesses, schools and health
centres in Uganda and document the transformational effect that solar energy is having on the ground.