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"I made rich clients even richer, but wanted to do more..."

Written by Peter Heijen on 27 October 2022

Giving up a successful career in banking to make impact, PlusPlus founder Peter Heijen did it. Previously, as a banker, he made rich people even richer. Now, with PlusPlus, he is building "a community of do-gooders". Soon, this inspiring portrait will appear in Dutch newspaper Nederlands Dagblad.

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At the request of our entrepreneurs: repayment in dollars

Written by Michelle Steggerda on 25 October 2022

Until now, loans at PlusPlus were always paid in euros. However, for SMEs in Latin America, that is not the most logical currency. For them, paying in euros often involves extra costs and a lot of hassle with their bank. In this continent, the U.S. dollar is the most common foreign currency. Therefore, to make things a little easier for our Latin American entrepreneurs, PlusPlus now offers a loan with repayment in dollars. We will explain here what that means.

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A visit to Central America

Written by Michelle Steggerda on 25 August 2022

Last month, our colleague Michelle Steggerda traveled to Central America to visit some PlusPlus entrepreneurs. Especially for us, she put her experiences on paper. Read all about her trip to this region in her personal travel blog.

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Palm oil with positive impact, it’s possible!

Palm oil has a negative image. Large-scale plantations, for which rain forests are cut down and farmers are kicked off their land, created a bad reputation. But it does not have to be like that! Sustainably produced palm oil, with attention for biodiversity and the environment, offers enormous opportunities for poverty stricken small-scale farmers to build a better life. Michel Riemersma, Solidaridad’s Policy Advisor on Palm Oil, explains why palm oil doesn't have to be a bad thing...

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The power of female entrepreneurship

Written by Peter Heijen on 28 June 2022

Female entrepreneurship has been growing steep in the past decade. This is very important to close the worldwide gender gap. Entrepreneurship and business ownership empowers women all over the world to strengthen their position. This is even more true in developing countries where the position of females is generally even worse than in developed countries. More than enough reason to contribute to female entrepreneurship and female business ownership in emerging markets!

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Milestone for PlusPlus: €1,000,000 invested in impact

Written by Michelle Schouwenburg on 17 May 2022

Great news! About 1.5 year after PlusPlus was launched, we have reached our first million. An amazing amount, which our investors (that's you) have jointly lent to entrepreneurs in developing countries to make an impact. And we are extremely proud of that....

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Impact investment or donating to charity? These are the main differences

Written by Hazal Altunal on 13 May 2022

When it comes to the environmental and social challenges we’re globally facing, there are different kinds of solutions for those who want to use their money to do some good. In this blog post we’ll elaborate on two effective methods and explain their main differences: donating to charity and impact investing.

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Delayed repayment, what does that mean...?

Written by Michelle Schouwenburg on 22 April 2022

While the vast majority of PlusPlus loans are repaid right on time, there are currently a few scheduled payments that are delayed. We're transparent about that. Maybe you've been notified yourself that a planned repayment to you is taking a little longer. And perhaps you are wondering what will happen next. That’s why we hereby explain what this means and how we deal with it.

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International Womens Day: improve access to finance for female entrepreneurs

Written by Michelle Schouwenburg on 7 March 2022

Women are more likely to start a business that has a positive impact on their environment. This was concluded by ABN Amro, based on its own research into inclusive banking in the Netherlands. That same study reports that women have more difficulty finding financing for their businesses, which is one of the reasons why women's businesses generally show less growth. But if that’s already the case in the Netherlands, how are things in Africa, where the gender gap is generally wider?

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What PlusPlus can do for SMEs

Written by Lars van Doremalen on 17 February 2022

Suppose you have your own business somewhere in Asia, Africa or Latin America. A well-run business in the agricultural sector, with several employees, reliable suppliers and regular customers. Why would you turn to a platform all the way in the Netherlands? Our Investment Manager Lars explains....

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