Update from Kiva

Due to turmoil in the region and trouble collecting repayments, Shurush paused their lending operations in 2006. The partnership is now closed.

Original description

The Shurush Initiative is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the grave economic situation in the West Bank and Gaza through transparent microfinance and proactive employment. Shurush provides financial and technical support to Palestinian microfinance organizations that offer services including microcredit loans and business training. Further, Shurush works to ensure the transparency of its partner microfinance institutions.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Feb 15, 2006 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $4,400 $587,017,275
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $590,550
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 499
Amount of Paying Back Loans $0 $120,181,400
Number of Paying Back Loans 0 127,144
Amount of Ended Loans $4,400 $466,245,325
Number of Ended Loans 7 592,929
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 3.30%
Amount in Arrears $0 $2,600,131
Outstanding Portfolio $0 $78,880,729
Number of loanDelinquent 0 9,776
Default Rate 57.16% 1.14%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $2,515 $5,336,912
Amount of Ended Loans $4,400 $466,245,325
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 7 16,802
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.08%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $480,684
Refund Rate 13.64% 0.77%
Amount of Refunded Loans $600 $4,496,250
Number of Refunded Loans 1 5,040

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 0.00% 74.17%
Average Loan Size $625 $418
Average Individual Loan Size $625 $656
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,828
Average number of borrowers per group 0 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $600 $3,432
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 104.17% 12.19%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 0 days 5.58 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $0.00 $74.98
  Average Loan Term 12 months 10.31 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 49 293,186
  Journaling Rate 100.00% 42.43%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 2.16 0.08
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 1.18 1.89

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2009 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower N/A 30.00% PY 33.64% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) N/A 1.3% -1.40%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 34.00% 41.35%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Bryan Berkett
The Shurush Initiative
Basil Jarrar
Uri Pomerantz