Last updated December 19, 2012

Partner Description:

COMIXMUL is a savings and loan cooperative in Honduras that focuses exclusively on women borrowers. Founded in 1986 by 12 women who had only $160 among them, its vision was initially to help women -- single mothers in particular -- gain access to a credit and savings program.

Since then, its loan portfolio has grown to over $26 million. Members contribute $12 per year to the cooperative to access credit and savings services, as well as financial literacy and career development courses. The MFI currently has over 26,000 members.

In addition to financial products, COMIXMUL offers extensive educational programs and medical services. Past training courses have included business and loan management, financial education, salon services, jewelry making, handicrafts, sewing and food preparation. And for many members, the COMIXMUL clinic is their only option for quality health care. Services include annual exams, ultrasounds and subsidies for medications. In 2011, over 3,000 clients obtained health care services through the cooperative.

While COMIXMUL offers a variety of savings and loan products, Kiva lenders’ funds are used to expand three specific loan programs offered by the organization: agriculture loans, youth entrepreneurship loans and solar panel loans. There is high demand for these loans in the region, but due to capital constraints, the cooperative is currently unable to offer enough credit to meet women’s needs.

A unique lending approach:

COMIXMUL is open to all women who can pay the membership fee. Once borrowers become members, they’re eligible to use the cooperative’s services, including access to savings and loan products, business training and medical services. All COMIXMUL clients have access to savings accounts, and 70% of the women have made deposits.

COMIXMUL offers agriculture loans for female farmers producing a variety of crops like coffee, corn, beans, potatoes, peppers and more. Borrowers are asked to make bullet payments timed at the harvest so that they don’t have to worry about affording repayments without harvest income. These loans are considered risky in Honduras due to unpredictable weather and worldwide crop prices, preventing more formal financial institutions from offering these types of loans despite the high demand.

Youth entrepreneurship loans are designed for young women who have a project or business they would like to launch. The cooperative offers training in business plan development so that they can make their businesses more successful.

Solar panel loans are offered to women who live in communities that do not currently have electricity and where the government is not planning to install power lines for at least five years.

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A COMIXMUL member and borrower.

Image courtesy of COMIXMUL.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jan 7, 2013 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $1,461,550 $575,361,250
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $291,900
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 255
Amount of Paying Back Loans $1,113,150 $119,483,125
Number of Paying Back Loans 1,047 125,559
Amount of Ended Loans $348,400 $455,586,225
Number of Ended Loans 380 580,601
Delinquency Rate 2.17% 3.43%
Amount in Arrears $22,545 $2,701,035
Outstanding Portfolio $1,039,013 $78,668,138
Number of loanDelinquent 57 11,378
Default Rate 0.63% 1.08%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $2,191 $4,937,756
Amount of Ended Loans $348,400 $455,586,225
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 2 15,266
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.07%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $13 $406,266
Refund Rate 0.00% 0.78%
Amount of Refunded Loans $0 $4,479,350
Number of Refunded Loans 0 5,008

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 100.00% 74.23%
Average Loan Size $1,024 $419
Average Individual Loan Size $1,024 $656
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,824
Average number of borrowers per group 0 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $4,200 $3,440
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 24.39% 12.17%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 8.81 days 5.52 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $116.27 $75.89
  Average Loan Term 14.95 months 10.25 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 245 286,360
  Journaling Rate 45.24% 42.41%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.08
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.94

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2012 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Portfolio Yield 32.00% 36.00% 33.54%
  Profitability (return on assets) 1.4% 2.2% -1.15%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) 107.60% 41.00% 41.59%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Carlos Mauricio Claros Murilllo
Francisco Rafael Moreno Chavez
Alba Yaneth Perdomo Mejia
Wesley Schrock