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Prisma de Honduras, S.A. : “Préstamos que cambian vidas”. This translates literally to “Loans that change lives”, the well-known Kiva slogan.

One of Kiva’s first field partners, Prisma de Honduras, S.A. joined the Kiva family in 2008 in an effort to expand the institution’s funding sources, and to promote the Kiva concept in Honduras. Prisma de Honduras, S.A. is a for-profit institution, a member of the holding company Prisma Microfinance Inc., which is based in Boston, USA.

Prisma Microfinance, Inc. entered Honduras’ microfinance market as a new loan provider in February of 2004. The initiative began as a microfinance program in FINACOOP, a local agricultural cooperative, under an administrative agreement valid until July of 2006. After September of 2006 Prisma began to function as an independent company, aimed at expanding its operations through low cost business and service centers, and under its own organizational structure promoting a strong operational team to achieve its goals. Currently it is in a process of strengthening its operations and foundations.

PRISMA’s primary niche in the marketplace is micro and small entrepreneurs in the commercial, production, and service centers. It also targets individual wage/salary earners. Prisma provides loans for amounts between 5,000 Lps (~US$270) and 200,000 Lps.(~US$10,800); clients who receive loans for under 22,000Lps (~$1200) for commercial use and/or asset acquisition are eligible to be posted on the Kiva website.

PRISMA is a member of the Red de Microfinancieras de Honduras (REDMICROH), a national networking organization that unites member microfinance organizations to promote strong and stable service within the industry in Honduras. In 2008 the national magazine Miroempresas & Microfinanzas recognized Prisma with the “Premio Impulso MicroEmpresarial” for their work in supporting the development of MIPYMEs. 

As of September 2011, PRISMA has a total of 17 employees, 8 of whom are loan advisors. They operate out of four offices, serving four departments (Francisco Morazán, El Paraíso, Valle, and Choluteca). Its branches are located in the following cities:

  • Tegucigalpa
  • Danlí
  • San Lorenzo
  • Choluteca

PRISMA is also a Kiva lender!

Check out the Prisma lending team:

For all Prisma loans currently fundraising on Kiva, click here

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jul 3, 2008 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $2,811,275 $709,401,925
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $570,050
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 373
Amount of Paying Back Loans $314,750 $131,914,250
Number of Paying Back Loans 417 150,233
Amount of Ended Loans $2,496,525 $576,917,625
Number of Ended Loans 3,885 716,351
Delinquency Rate 4.06% 6.92%
Amount in Arrears $7,632 $5,934,603
Outstanding Portfolio $188,190 $85,799,854
Number of Loans Delinquent 40 19,444
Default Rate 0.75% 1.12%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $18,618 $6,485,241
Amount of Ended Loans $2,496,525 $576,917,625
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 100 19,256
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.05% 0.25%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $1,450 $1,755,454
Refund Rate 0.21% 0.68%
Amount of Refunded Loans $6,025 $4,859,375
Number of Refunded Loans 10 5,363

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 71.60% 74.33%
Average Loan Size $510 $417
Average Individual Loan Size $578 $654
Average Group Loan Size $1,196 $1,845
Average number of borrowers per group 3.3 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $4,800 $5,942
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 10.63% 7.02%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 8.77 days 6.29 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $58.21 $66.27
  Average Loan Term 9.89 months 10.73 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 3,375 348,685
  Journaling Rate 71.49% 41.45%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.03 0.07
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.81 1.59

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2013 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 46% PY 36.00% PY 32.03% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 4% 2.2% -1.92%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) 40.60% 41.00% 19.63%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Christian Amador
Luis Andero
David Castellanos
Ramon Fernando Perez
Hector Flores
Edwin Fuentes
Denis Adalid Garcia
Francis Garcia
Samuel Garcia
Mariano Hernandez
Miguel Lazo
Filadelfo Mahoudeau
Esdra Matute
Marco Nuñez
Alma Reyes
Elias Rivas
Irvin Rodriguez
Wilmer Sanchez
Fabricio Sandoval
Orbelina Valeriano
Susan Velazquez Tegus
Cristian Yanez
Edgar Ramon Zelaya