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Partner Description:

Hekima’s mission is to contribute to the transformation of the economic, social, and spiritual lives of the economically active poor of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a sustainable, innovative microfinance institution of the highest quality.

Hekima operates in the Kivu regions of Eastern DRC, an area marked by over a decade of war as well as social, economic and institutional collapse. A complex legal and regulatory environment is further complicated by widespread corruption and a market flooded with poor quality microfinance suppliers.

In this region, Hekima aims to serve the economically active poor with quality services, giving special attention to female entrepreneurs.

Founded in 2003 as a program of World Relief Congo, Hekima was established as an independent institution in July 2007; registered as a second tier microfinance institution. In September 2009, Hekima has 42 full time staff members, with lending staff accounting for 64% of total staff. Hekima has branches in Goma, Bukavu and Kavumu.

Hekima’s products are focused on the group lending methodology, which allows for disbursement of loans to clients lacking conventional collateral. The majority of Hekima clients benefit from the community bank product which allows for small loans over a 16 week term. Successful clients may qualify for graduation into the solidarity group product that provides higher loan amounts and a longer term.

Status Update - November 28, 2012
Rebel group activity has caused instability and mass migration in the Goma region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, Hekima is still operational and administering loans. Kiva will continue to post and support loans in the region through this partner, but repayment may be impacted by the conflict.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Mar 12, 2010 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $6,224,275 $603,625,750
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $517,700
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 449
Amount of Paying Back Loans $1,179,075 $118,998,550
Number of Paying Back Loans 234 128,322
Amount of Ended Loans $5,045,200 $484,109,500
Number of Ended Loans 1,090 612,037
Delinquency Rate 0.72% 4.17%
Amount in Arrears $4,278 $3,223,190
Outstanding Portfolio $590,732 $77,262,633
Number of loanDelinquent 19 14,115
Default Rate 0.00% 1.11%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $5,357,808
Amount of Ended Loans $5,045,200 $484,109,500
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 16,820
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.09%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $572,886
Refund Rate 0.43% 0.75%
Amount of Refunded Loans $27,025 $4,553,925
Number of Refunded Loans 5 5,085

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 91.32% 74.22%
Average Loan Size $201 $419
Average Individual Loan Size $633 $656
Average Group Loan Size $4,886 $1,830
Average number of borrowers per group 24.4 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $119 $3,424
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 168.61% 12.23%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 2.94 days 5.69 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $68.33 $73.56
  Average Loan Term 4.15 months 10.4 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 1,208 301,614
  Journaling Rate 100.00% 42.41%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.04 0.08
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.03 1.84

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2012 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 62% PY 56.00% PY 33.19% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 2.2% 1.1% -1.44%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) 41.90% 15.00% 40.64%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Lievin Bwihangane
Nathalie Iragi
Donatien KARUMBA
Marthe Kavira
Bob Kighoma
Bob Kighoma
Marcellin Matabishi
Esther Mausiwa