Last updated October 26, 2013


Partner Description:

CAURIE Micro Finance was established in October 2005 by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Senegal and Caritas Senegal after a long process of institutional transformation which began in 1999.

CAURIE stands for Coopérative Autonome pour le Renforcement des Initiatives Economiques par la Microfinance (Independent Credit Union for the Reinforcement of Economic Initiatives by Microfinance). CAURIE Micro Finance currently operates from six branch offices throughout Senegal, serving approximately 50,000 clients.

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The mission of CAURIE Micro Finance is to contribute sustainably and to offer microfinance services adapted to impoverished micro-entrepreneurs, primarily women, based on the principles of ‘credit for the poor’ and on microfinance best practices, all while investing in order to become financially independent.

The program’s philosophy is based on the following guiding principles of “credit for the poor”:

1) Serve the poorest;

2) Link loans to savings;

3) Use collective guarantees;

4) Practice participative management;

5) Invest in order to broaden scope and become autonomous; and

6) Plan for sustainability.

To meet its objective and serve its customers, the institution’s methodology is based on the creation of organized, structured and communally-governed groups called “Bancs Villageois” (literally meaning Village Bench, thus stressing the nature of gathering villagers and distinguishing itself from the more formal term Bank). These groups are made up of an average of 50 self-selected women from local community groups. The “Bancs Villageois” are fundamentally based on the principles of participative management and collective guarantees.

Current customers are for the most part poor women who are micro-entrepreneurs from villages or semi-urbanized towns (peri-urban neighborhoods) and who have difficulty gaining access to financial services in order to develop income-generating businesses. Most customers are women who are either illiterate or who read and write at a very basic level.

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Kiva HelpRepayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Feb 22, 2008 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $6,270,000 $535,743,725
Amount of Raised Inactive Loans $0 $325,675
Number Of Raised Inactive Loans 0 364
Amount of Paying Back Loans $818,200 $108,847,475
Number Of Paying Back Loans 241 112,638
Amount of Ended Loans $5,451,800 $426,570,575
Number Of Ended Loans 3,175 548,146
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 3.61%
Amount In Arrears $0 $2,527,996
Outstanding Portfolio $818,151 $70,107,758
Number of Loans Delinquent 0 12,066
Default Rate 0.00% 1.02%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $4,346,140
Amount of Ended Loans $5,451,800 $426,570,575
Number Of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 14,095
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.02% 0.05%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $1,429 $294,028
Refund Rate 0.89% 0.82%
Amount of Refunded Loans $56,000 $4,415,650
Number Of Refunded Loans 26 4,862

Kiva HelpLoan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans To Women Entrepreneurs 99.92% 74.09%
Average Loan Size $223 $417
Average Individual Loan Size $733 $655
Average Group Loan Size $3,064 $1,810
Average Number Of Entrepreneurs Per Group 16.3 8
Average GDP Per Capita (PPP) in Local Country $1,759 $3,463
Average Loan Size / GDP Per Capita (PPP) 12.67% 12.04%
Average Time To Fund A Loan 5.9 days 5.27 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $37.76 $79.14
  Average Loan Term 6.02 months 10.04 months

Kiva HelpJournaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 1,113 268,352
  Journaling Rate 32.07% 42.14%
  Average Number Of Comments Per Journal 0.17 0.09
  Average Number Of Recommendations Per Journal 2.73 2.06

Kiva HelpBorrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2011 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI Peers in Country All Kiva Partners
  Portfolio Yield 20.30% 20.30% 34.93%
  Profitability (Return on Assets) -5.7% 0.8% -1.11%
  Average Loan Size (% of Per Capita Income) 14.20% 59.40% 42.70%

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Field Partner Staff

FATOUMATA BINTA DANIFF
AYE DIALLO
Lamine DIALLO
LEON CHARLES DIATTA
Ngone Diedhiou
SYLVIE ADIOUMBAKO DIEDHIOU
Isabelle Nbaba DIONE
Isabelle Nbaba DIONE
Isabelle Ndaba DIONE
JEAN BRUNO FAYE
LATYR FAYE
BABACAR GAYE
MAMADOU LAMINE GUEYE
STELLA KANTOUSSAN
Stella Kantoussan
AWA KONTE
Mariama Lo
Mariamu Lo
Joseline Mancabou
Daouda Mane
EDMOND PIERRE MANGA
THIERNO AMADOU NDIAYE
Gabriel Meissa NDIONE
Isidor NDIONE
Marie Françoise NDIONE
MAURICE NDIONE
Mère Jeanine NDIONE
ROGER CHRISTIAN NDIONE
PATRICE BERNARD WALY SAGNE
NDEYE AIDA THIOUNE
Chantal TINE
MARIAME TRAORE
André Roland YOUM