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FAPE, the Foundation for the Assistance of Small Businesses, is a nonprofit, socially-minded institution founded on November 29, 1984. The microcredit arm of FAPE was established on March 6, 1986 to achieve FAPE´s principle objective of providing small monetary loans to micro-entrepreneurs around Guatemala. FAPE has one central office in Guatemala City and serves over 3,300 clients.

FAPE´s vision is to be a leader in the Guatemalan microfinance sector while maintaining its core principles and values – providing attention to the entrepreneurs it serves through credit, technical assistance, business training and auxiliary services to improve its clients’ lives. Through its work and by the hand of God, FAPE hopes to see communities positively impacted and poverty alleviated in the areas it serves.


To stimulate the development of micro-entrepreneurs, small business owners and their communities through financial services, training, and Christian orientation – all provided with personalized attention.


FAPE offers credit and financial services principally to women and to individuals below the poverty line, especially those who work in the agriculture, manufacturing, commerce and service industries. It also offers technical assistance and training in business management as a way of supporting the holistic development of the small business entrepreneur in Guatemala. FAPE also offers free medical services to its clients as well as insurance plans that cover debt balances, hospitalization costs and funerary services.

FAPE offers three principal loan products: Individual Loans, Solidarity Groups, and Village Banks, of which village banking is FAPE´s primary loan product, which serves the vast majority of its clients. FAPE operates in 26 towns in three departments around Guatemala City (Villa Nueva, Sacatepéquez, and Chimaltenango).

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Status Update - January 14, 2010

Kiva became aware of FAPE’s high delinquency rate on Kiva a few months ago, when FAPE’s spike in delinquency was due to some problems FAPE had reporting repayments to Kiva. However, after those problems were resolved, FAPE’s delinquency rate on Kiva remained high due to the difficulty some Kiva entrepreneurs have experienced in repaying their loans as a result of the global economic crisis. 

However, Kiva does not consider most of these loans to be “at risk” because, though they are delinquent, most are delinquent by less than 30 days. Typically, in microfinance, loans are only considered “at risk” if delinquent for more than 30 days.

Status Update - October 27, 2009

Kiva is aware of the high delinquency rate for FAPE. This has been caused by a reporting error, so the delinquency rate for FAPE is overstated. We are currently working with FAPE staff to resolve the problem. We apologize for the inconvenience.

A Note on FAPE’s Portfolio Yield:

We care deeply about the cost that Kiva borrowers pay for their loans, which is why fair pricing is a core part of our initial due diligence process for Field Partners. With Kiva's 0% capital, many of our Field Partners are also able to add additional value to their loans by reducing interest rates, offering non-financial services or creating new loan products.

For partners with reported portfolio yields or average APRs higher than 50%, Kiva takes steps to check that the high rates are justified by the impact of the loans. Kiva also verifies that the partner is not generating unreasonable profits or paying inflated salaries, and that the partner’s elevated operating costs are justified by its operating environment and/or the design of its loan products.

We seek to support loans that don’t impose an unjustifiable cost burden on hard-working borrowers. We nevertheless recognize that in order to reach vulnerable and excluded people with high-impact products and services, some of our partners incur high costs that necessitate charging higher-than-average costs to borrowers in order to allow for sustainability and scale.

Factors that drive up the costs that this partner organization charges its borrowers include:
  • They provide very small loans. This leads to higher operating costs, since providing each individual loan presents a minimum per-unit cost.
  • They provide more than just cash to many of their borrowers, including costly wraparound services such as healthcare, financial or business training, agricultural extension services, insurance or access to education.
  • They’re based in an area with a high cost of living and doing business. This is often due to the high demand and low supply of adequate housing and goods.
  • They’re a small company or organization that hasn’t yet achieved the scale and efficiency necessary to reach sustainability and reduce pricing, but the impact of their services merits the opportunity to prove their business model.
  • They work extensively in rural areas, which requires their employees to engage in costly travel to find and serve their clients.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Dec 10, 2007 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $2,758,650 $973,426,675
Amount of raised Inactive loans $1,300 $453,325
Number of raised Inactive loans 1 230
Amount of Paying Back Loans $321,125 $146,082,550
Number of Paying Back Loans 347 182,274
Amount of Ended Loans $2,436,225 $826,890,800
Number of Ended Loans 2,985 1,039,570
Delinquency Rate 10.41% 8.35%
Amount in Arrears $18,455 $7,901,679
Outstanding Portfolio $177,262 $94,659,120
Number of Loans Delinquent 69 20,373
Default Rate 1.15% 1.39%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $28,116 $11,517,049
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 115 33,034
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.45%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $4,428,385
Refund Rate 1.41% 0.61%
Amount of Refunded Loans $38,900 $5,967,400
Number of Refunded Loans 33 5,984

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 90.78% 75.39%
Average Loan Size $454 $399
Average Individual Loan Size $866 $629
Average Group Loan Size $818 $1,759
Average number of borrowers per group 2.2 7.7
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $5,300 $5,875
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 8.57% 6.79%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 6.97 days 6.9 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $65.17 $57.75
  Average Loan Term 9.14 months 11.13 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 3,154 509,005
  Journaling Rate 85.30% 41.50%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.02 0.05
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.82 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 60% PY 31.00% PY 26.12% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 3.28% 4.5% -1.72%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) 7.50% 18.00% 16.65%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Luis Gilberto Canton Merida
Rosaura Castillo Rodas
Gloria Corona
Rebeca Garcia
Manuel Guillermo Garcia Marroquin
Marco Antonio Hernandez
Roel Alfonso Hernández Bail
Mabilia Joj Ojer
Manuel Garcia Marroquin
Ceili Salvatierra Hernandez