Solar Frontier Capital Limited (SFC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of African Frontier Capital (Mauritius) LLC (AFC), Hands-on B.V. (Lendahand or LAH) and d.light design Inc. (d.light), a leading global innovator of transformational household products for low-income families, have jointly announced the closing of an agreement between SFC and LAH which will allow SFC to borrow up to USD 3.5 million from investors (the “Crowd”) on the Lendahand crowdfunding platform. Proceeds from the Crowd will be structured through an RBF tranche and used by SFC to further co-invest in targeted high-impact receivable assets purchased by Brighter Life Kenya 2 Limited (BLK2) from d.light in Kenya.
BLK2 is an off-balance sheet financing vehicle that provides d.light with flexible working capital, enabling the company to make its products universally available and affordable to its customers, most of whom live below the poverty line and lack access to reliable power, by providing them with flexible financing options. The facility finances a range of transformative products that drive quality-of-life improvements, from solar home systems to high-efficiency appliances and smartphones. BLK2 is the largest off-balance-sheet facility in the industry thus far and comes on the heels of d.light celebrating its 125 millionth customer.
The BLK2 structure is expected to directly impact over 2.8 million lives, including over 1.9 million people with improved access to clean and modern energy, and reduce over 600,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions1.
SFC has now officially launched its initial crowdfunding campaign on the LAH platform, which allows registered investors located across Europe to invest as little as USD 50 in loans made to SFC. This initial campaign seeks to raise a total of USD 120,000 and will close at the end of October 2022. Funds received will be invested by SFC through the RBF Subordinated Tranche into BLK2 at the beginning of November 2022.
SFC expects to launch further separate crowdfunding campaigns on the LAH platform on a regular monthly or quarterly basis, with the total cumulative funding capped at USD 3.5 million.
Results Based Financing
Funding received from the Crowd through monthly funding campaigns will be co-invested by SFC, through a subordinated loan tranche, into portfolios of receivable assets purchased by BLK2 from d.light. The funds will be specifically targeted to provide d.light a higher cash advance rate for each outcome targeted in each monthly campaign. The initial campaign, which LAH launched on 17 October 2022, is gender-focused and is targeted to increase the cash advance rate for each system sold to a
woman by an average of USD 40, which represents a 6.4% increase for d.light.
Future monthly campaigns will also be targeted to encourage and incentivize driving energy access into harder-to-reach areas and low-income households where affordability remains an ongoing issue.
Commenting on the announcement:
⎯ d.light Co-founder Ned Tozun said, “We are very excited to partner with Lendahand and Solar Frontier Capital to create this new and very innovative crowdfunding tranche of capital in our receivables financing facility. Having this financing structure in place will enable us to scale up energy access faster to those who need it the most.”
⎯ Lendahand Co-founder and CEO Koen The added, “Through this highly innovative and robust financing structure designed by Solar Frontier Capital and d.light, we can now offer our loyal crowd access to financing the leading off-grid solar player in Kenya. This supports our social impact mission by allowing d.light to reach more customers looking for access to clean energy and other products that can help them rise above the poverty line.”
⎯ Eric De Moudt, founder and CEO of AFC, remarked that “We are thrilled to partner with LAH to enable the crowd to participate in d.light’s ongoing success in transforming so many millions of lives through this innovative high-impact RBF funding structure!”
1 As per standardized GOGLA metrics (https://www.gogla.org/impact/calculator) and AFC estimates.