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Partner description:


Siza was formed in 2013 to improve entrepreneurship opportunities for unemployed youth and women. Siza’s clients are from historically disadvantaged communities in South Africa who may never have engaged in any kind of business activity. By working with these marginalized groups to develop business skills and start small enterprises, Siza hopes to reduce poverty in these areas.

A unique lending approach:

Siza focuses on capacity building and skills development first, working with clients to create smart business plans. Once a client has developed an idea that he or she would like to launch, Siza offers a 0% interest in-kind loan to enable the entrepreneur to purchase the equipment needed to get the business started. After the entrepreneur has launched their business, Siza offers conventional cash microfinance loans to support business growth.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jan 30, 2015 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $307,125 $939,391,750
Amount of raised Inactive loans $18,625 $523,475
Number of raised Inactive loans 9 519
Amount of Paying Back Loans $216,275 $144,680,000
Number of Paying Back Loans 113 177,234
Amount of Ended Loans $72,225 $794,188,275
Number of Ended Loans 79 994,961
Delinquency Rate 0.17% 7.81%
Amount in Arrears $216 $7,430,834
Outstanding Portfolio $126,940 $95,114,087
Number of Loans Delinquent 2 19,254
Default Rate 0.00% 1.40%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $11,137,575
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 31,507
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 2.75% 0.46%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $8,458 $4,278,396
Refund Rate 0.00% 0.63%
Amount of Refunded Loans $0 $5,887,300
Number of Refunded Loans 0 5,924

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 60.95% 75.19%
Average Loan Size $1,513 $401
Average Individual Loan Size $1,534 $634
Average Group Loan Size $425 $1,772
Average number of borrowers per group 3 7.8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $12,700 $5,896
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 11.91% 6.80%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 2.08 days 6.93 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $728.28 $57.88
  Average Loan Term 18.37 months 11.1 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 2 488,756
  Journaling Rate 1.23% 41.62%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.05
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.19

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2015 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 40% APR N/A 25.92% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 5.2% N/A -0.29%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 9.00% 17.68%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Kagwe Kagwe