HEDERA SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS: OUR STORY

We (Natalia, Alberto, Lilo, & Alfonso) have known each other for more than a decade. We have worked together to build on our common vision of supporting transparent sustainable development, combining our expertise and skills in different disciplines, and through this collaboration, HEDERA Sustainable Solutions GmbH was born (officially incorporated in February 2020).
Our entrepreneurial journey began with our successful application to the  Centre for Entrepreneurship  (CfE), the start-up incubator at the Technical University Berlin, in August 2017. With the support of the CfE, our Team was awarded the  EXIST Business Grant (from the German Ministry of Energy and Economics) in October 2018. The EXIST grant funded the team for a year (until October 2019), allowing us to bring our first prototype of the  HEDERA Impact Toolkit for SDG assessment to market and further develop it through several  pilot projects  in Africa and Latin America. In September 2019, HEDERA was one of the winners in the prestigious Gründerwettberwerb Digitale Innovationen, a German competition funded by BMWi that awards the best digital innovation business ideas.

TEAM AND CONTRIBUTORS

Natalia
Natalia Realpe Carrillo
CEO, Networking & Business
Alberto
Alberto Diaz-Durana
COO, IT & Tech Support
Lilo
Lilo Wagner
Product & Business Development
Alfonso
Alfonso Caiazzo
Software Development & Impact Management
Cecilia
Cecilia Scott
Fundraising support, digital reports & logistics
Vikas
Vikas Lamba
Backend, Python
Andres
Andrés Olarte
Business Management & Operations Support
Felipe
Felipe Burano
Mobile Development, Frontend
Andrea
Andrea Ruiz
Tools testing, Research

OUR MISSION

Microfinance does not alleviate poverty. Microfinance helps vulnerable populations overcome financial barriers to access to basic services, such as energy (through green loans), housing, water (water credits), and education, as well as strengthen resilience to climate change.
We believe that microfinance institutions are a powerful vehicle for  sustainable development, with a great impact on people. HEDERA helps financial institutions efficiently analyze their clients’ needs and demands in terms of basic services and track their contribution to the SDGs. Sustainable development can only be achieved through the establishment of transparent and insightful indicators. These indicators are multidimensional, not binary. And they capture the needs at the individual household level. This is the only way we can ensure that investments do what they are meant to – help those in need.
We provide digital solutions for data collection,  client-centric assessment, and reporting that combine the most recent software technologies with the latest standard impact measurement methodologies, such as the ESMAP Multi-Tier Framework for access to energy (developed by the World Bank) and the WASH service ladder (developed by the WHO/UNICEF JMP).
The financial gap towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda can only be closed through a multilateral effort of the private and public sectors. Our mission is to enable all stakeholders committed to sustainable development to  measure  their real impact on  all their clients. Our solutions allow institutions to use standard reporting frameworks with minimal training. By facilitating the use of these common languages, we enable all institutions - even the smallest - to evaluate their impact at the triple bottom line, systematize their processes, and communicate their achievements to their impact investors.


HEDERA IS HIRING!

We offer internships in the areas of marketing, management support and software development (Python, React.js, HTML, CSS).
Please send your application by email to team@hedera.online. You can also fill out the contact form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


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