Microfy is a not-for-profit organization in Israel that assists African asylum seekers and refugees living in Israel. The organization supports asylum seekers in entrepreneurship and business development.
Most of the refugees Microfy assists are from Sudan and Eritrea and faced religious and political persecution in their home countries. Disappearances of citizens and use of torture by the government was a common reality for many of these individuals. Others are survivors of the violent conflict in the Darfur region, where they faced ongoing violence and attacks by the government and armed militia groups.
Microfy works in many grey areas due to the legal status of asylum seekers in Israel. One risk lenders should be aware of is the risk of detention of asylum seekers by Israeli authorities.

A unique lending approach:
Microfy focuses its work in south Tel Aviv, where around 40,000 asylum seekers have settled. Due to their complicated legal status inside of Israel, asylum seekers cannot receive formal credit from banks or other Israeli microfinance institutions, as these organizations only loan to Israeli citizens.
To address the difficult circumstances asylum seekers face, Microfy offers business training, technical assistance/support, financial resources and small business start-up loans.
Because few organizations are willing to provide funding for loans to African asylum seekers, Microfy’s portfolio and growth has remained small. Kiva funding will enable Microfy to increase the number of asylum seekers they serve, as demand for loans far exceeds their capacity. 

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jul 10, 2014 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $15,575 $975,810,275
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $371,525
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 200
Amount of Paying Back Loans $2,600 $148,104,675
Number of Paying Back Loans 1 185,027
Amount of Ended Loans $12,975 $827,334,075
Number of Ended Loans 5 1,040,066
Delinquency Rate 79.98% 8.11%
Amount in Arrears $1,040 $7,851,124
Outstanding Portfolio $1,300 $96,754,167
Number of Loans Delinquent 1 19,647
Default Rate 22.72% 1.39%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $2,948 $11,517,921
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 2 33,035
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.62% 0.45%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $96 $4,428,501
Refund Rate 0.00% 0.61%
Amount of Refunded Loans $0 $5,970,900
Number of Refunded Loans 0 5,987

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 83.33% 75.40%
Average Loan Size $2,596 $399
Average Individual Loan Size $2,596 $629
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,760
Average number of borrowers per group 0 7.7
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $36,200 $5,874
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 7.17% 6.79%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 0.93 days 6.9 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $2,786.05 $57.76
  Average Loan Term 10.33 months 11.13 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 4 509,580
  Journaling Rate 66.60% 41.50%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.05
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.16

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2009 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 18% APR N/A 26.13% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) N/A N/A -1.72%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A N/A 16.60%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Shana Krakowski
Ilana Pinshaw