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
and have 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
through the establishment of transparent and insightful indicators.
These indicators are multidimensional, not binary. And they capture the needs at the individual
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
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
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
achievements to their impact investors.
The journey of HEDERA Sustainable Solutions (officially incorporated as a GmbH in February 2020)
began officially back in August 2017, with our successful application to the Centre for Entrepreneurship
(CfE), the start-up incubator at the Technical University Berlin.
With the support of the CfE, the precious advices his director Florian Hoos,
and the mentorship of Professor Tetyana Morozyuk,
the team was awarded the prestigious
EXIST Business Grant
(from the German Ministry of Energy and Economics) in October 2018.
The EXIST grant allowed us to finalize the first prototype of the HEDERA
Impact Toolkit for energy access assessment, to bring it 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
a German competition funded by BMWi that awards the
best digital innovation business ideas
(read more here).
Since 2020 HEDERA is also supported by the
Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt - DBU)
trough the Green StartUp program, a funding program that aims at supporting companies with a
focus on the connection between sustainability and digitalization, and by the Gründung Innovativ
program of the Investititionsbank des Landes Brandenburg (ILB).
HEDERA & RESEARCH
We aim to bridge the gap between academia and the private sector by facilitating collaboration
between the two and inter-linking all inclusive finance stakeholders.
Since HEDERA’s inception, which entailed translating research results into concrete action on the
ground and culminated in the formation of a start-up enterprise, we have believed in the power of
research and its importance in the development of our society.
Natalia, HEDERA co-founder and CEO, has a PhD degree in access to energy from the TU Berlin
Institute of Energy Engineering and a master’s degree in Industrial and Network Economics
from TU Berlin.
Before founding HEDERA, Natalia worked for around 9 years in microfinance as a senior
project manager and energy consultant at MicroEnergy International GmbH.
In 2018, she launched HEDERA, aiming to transfer her doctoral research results – the
Progress out of Energy Poverty Index (PEPI) Toolkit for the microfinance sector - to the
private sector and further develop and offer digital tools for the impact investment sector.
With a strong background in impact assessment, tool development, and evaluation design and a
large network in the sector, she conducts trainings, leads studies, and initiates
multi-sectorial collaborations for project development and research.
Natalia is co-head of the European Microfinance Platform Green Inclusive and
Climate Smart Action Group and guest lecturer in the Pan African University Institute of
Water and Energy Sciences Master in Energy Policy program.
In 2020, Natalia has been awarded the Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellowship from the
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) for the research project
IMPACT-R (Impact-Driven and Action-Based Research)
HEDERA co-founder and researcher in applied mathematics, Alfonso has more than 10 years of
experience in mathematical modeling and scientific computing.
He got a joint PhD degree from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa (Italy) and TU
Kaiserslautern (Germany) and has collaborated with multiple leading research institutions
The focus of his research is on the modeling of biological flows and the application of
computer simulations in medicine.
Alfonso is currently a researcher at the Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and
Stochastics in Berlin, and he has been a lecturer at the Free University of Berlin since
Angelica holds a master in Economics from the University of Los Andes in Colombia, a master
in Management and Public Policy from the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil.
She has extensive experience working in the fields of research, public policy, and
microfinance. In Colombia, she worked as an economic researcher published several chapters
of books and articles on poverty, education, trade, industry, and small and medium
enterprises. She worked with the Colombian government in the designing and monitoring of
public policies related to education, armed conflict, poverty, and housing. In the United
States, Angelica has worked in the microfinance sector for more than two years. She has
experience in conducting due diligence, analyzing financial and social indicators of
microfinance institutions, and developing marketing and communications strategies.
At HEDERA, Angelica is responsible for communications with partners and potential customers
and developing marketing strategies and partnerships.
Anna-Sophia Hanke is about to complete her bachelor's degree in communication and media science.
During her studies she discovered her interest in the field of communication for social change.
Anna-Sophia will be involved in the 2022 ASA Engagement Global Project with the microfinance instituion MNBBL in Nepal.