Kiva conducts regular, ongoing monitoring of all Field Partners, but only posts status updates here in response to relevant, major changes at the partner.

Status update — April 17, 2017

Following poor organizational performance and declining portfolio quality, Fundación Alternativa has made the decision to shut down its operations and sell its remaining portfolio to an Ecuadorian financial institution. Kiva has settled the proceeds of this sale pro-rata to all Kiva lenders with outstanding repayments from Fundación Alternativa borrowers and we have paused their partnership. Kiva will continue to coordinate with Fundación Alternativa to recoup as much of lenders' funds as possible, but given their high portfolio delinquency it’s unlikely the total outstanding balance owed to Kiva lenders will be collected.  

Status update — October 12, 2016

During recent monitoring, Kiva staff uncovered evidence of poor organizational performance and portfolio quality at Fundación Alternativa. As a result, Kiva has chosen to restrict this organization's ability to fundraise for new loans as these concerns are investigated. Kiva continues to work to understand the cause of these issues, with the goal of recovering funds still owed to Kiva lenders, and will share additional information with lenders as it becomes available.

Partner description:

Fundación Alternativa is a non-profit organization in Ecuador that supports small-scale entrepreneurs and provides sustainable financial and non-financial services to vulnerable communities. The organization aims to promote social, economic, and ecological development to improve people’s lives.

To make this possible, Fundación Alternativa has developed a number of programs for low-income clients. In addition to microcredit, it provides education and training in various fields, technical assistance, supply chain and marketing support, and local economic development services. It does so through local organizations with community roots like parish councils.

Since 1991, Fundación Alternativa has worked to strengthen Ecuador’s microfinance industry through the creation of both Banco Solidario, which focuses on microfinance, and later, the first training center specializing in microcredit methodology.

In 2012, Fundación Alternativa created a microfinance program of its own to offer 12 microcredit products and reach urban, rural and marginalized clients in Pichincha, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Cotopaxi  and Imbabura. The organization is proud to serve a customer base that is both 62% women and 56% rural.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jul 5, 2011 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $1,407,575 $973,426,675
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $453,325
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 230
Amount of Paying Back Loans $267,475 $146,082,550
Number of Paying Back Loans 188 182,274
Amount of Ended Loans $1,140,100 $826,890,800
Number of Ended Loans 1,043 1,039,570
Delinquency Rate 65.61% 8.35%
Amount in Arrears $17,386 $7,901,679
Outstanding Portfolio $26,500 $94,659,120
Number of Loans Delinquent 169 20,373
Default Rate 1.86% 1.39%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $21,237 $11,517,049
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 71 33,034
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.45%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $4,428,385
Refund Rate 1.25% 0.61%
Amount of Refunded Loans $17,575 $5,967,400
Number of Refunded Loans 11 5,984

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 58.71% 75.39%
Average Loan Size $1,101 $399
Average Individual Loan Size $1,129 $629
Average Group Loan Size $2,685 $1,759
Average number of borrowers per group 4.5 7.7
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $10,600 $5,875
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 10.39% 6.79%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 13.21 days 6.9 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $83.39 $57.75
  Average Loan Term 12.81 months 11.13 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 176 509,005
  Journaling Rate 13.70% 41.50%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.02 0.05
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.16

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2014 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 30% PY 20.00% PY 26.12% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 2% 1.8% -1.72%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) 40.00% 49.00% 16.65%

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Field Partner Staff

Ana Garcia
Kacki Kammann
Elizabeth Lema
Gabriela Pérez
Andrea Rojas