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Partner Description:

WSDS-Initiate is a non-profit organization active in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur. Founded in 1989 to respond to ethnic conflict between the region’s three major tribes, WSDS has long supported young people, women, and vulnerable communities. Today, the organization is involved in a range of development activities, including resource management, community health, social security, and microfinance.

Working in four districts of the state, WSDS currently has seven branches, an outstanding portfolio of Rs. 21.6 million (about USD$390,000), and 13,052 women clients.

WSDS works with all of the tribes in Manipur, as well as other minority groups like Nepali immigrants and Muslims. Formal financial services are severely lacking in the state -- a problem that is particularly acute in low-income communities in the remote hills region. WSDS launched its microfinance program in 2007 to address this issue, and to sustain its existing initiatives.

Active primarily in the hills of Manipur, the organization primarily works with self-help groups to extend credit and encourage borrowers to save. Supporting these groups builds on local traditions. For example, the state’s Kuki community regularly forms cooperatives at the village level to provide agricultural support and leadership.

WSDS clients use Kiva-funded loans to start and grow their small businesses. Many of these individuals come from groups and communities that have been unable to obtain credit in the past due to scarcity of financial services and institutions in the region. Kiva’s zero-interest capital will also strengthen WSDS’ financial position, allowing it to expand all of its programs for social good.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Aug 15, 2012 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $635,075 $654,820,650
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $217,250
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 169
Amount of Paying Back Loans $635,075 $127,821,975
Number of Paying Back Loans 382 140,970
Amount of Ended Loans $0 $526,781,425
Number of Ended Loans 0 659,277
Delinquency Rate N/A 6.59%
Amount in Arrears N/A $5,487,929
Outstanding Portfolio N/A $83,299,845
Number of Loans Delinquent N/A 24,006
Default Rate N/A (See Note) 1.11%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted N/A $5,866,301
Amount of Ended Loans N/A $526,781,425
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted N/A 17,636
Currency Exchange Loss Rate N/A 0.14%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss N/A $895,125
Refund Rate 0.00% 0.71%
Amount of Refunded Loans $0 $4,640,300
Number of Refunded Loans 0 5,166

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 100.00% 74.20%
Average Loan Size $211 $417
Average Individual Loan Size $1,696 $655
Average Group Loan Size $1,661 $1,843
Average number of borrowers per group 8.2 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $2,900 $3,395
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 7.29% 12.29%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 5.32 days 6.02 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $39.69 $69.29
  Average Loan Term 41.48 months 10.61 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 17 324,579
  Journaling Rate 0.00% 41.86%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.07
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.71

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2014 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 22% PY 22.00% PY 33.02% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 1.1% 1.2% -0.68%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) 8.90% 10.00% 36.66%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Wisaniu Chawang
Ronita Devi
eileen flannigan
Seikhothang Haokip
Lamkhomang Kipgen
Jenefer Leivon
Neipineng Sitlhou

Kiva Fellow(s)

Darcey Tindall