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Partner Description:

Seva Network Foundation (Seva NL) is an international organization based in the Netherlands that promotes entrepreneurship in poor and marginalized communities in developing countries. Additionally, Seva NLworks with diaspora communities in the Netherlands who are interested in starting businesses in their countries of origin.

Seva NL created Stichting Seva Micro Finance Institute (Seva MFI) in 2004 in Suriname. The original objective was to conduct a project called “Silent Poverty, the forgotten workers of Nickerie and Saramacca” following the closure of the important Surland farm in 2002, which resulted in 5,000 workers being laid off.

Suriname’s districts of Nickerie and Saramacca are home to the country’s traditional granaries – these fertile coastlands mainly produce rice and bananas. Seva NL started investigating potential microcredit needs in these districts, which led to the creation of Seva MFI in 2009 for rice farmers in the district of Nickerie.

Seva NL also actively supports the Millennium Development Goals by working toward sustainable poverty reduction worldwide. To that end, Seva NL carries out projects in areas of education, microfinance, agricultural development and community-building in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. This explains the origination of Seva MFI in Suriname.

Kiva lenders’ funds are used to expand the outreach to rice farmers in the Nickerie district in Suriname, where the organization focuses its activities.

A unique lending approach:

Suriname’s microfinance sector is poorly developed, and rural borrowers are often deemed too risky by traditional financial institutions to get access to financial resources. Seva MFI has entered this underserved market with loans that enable farmers to purchase pesticides, fertilizer, farming tools and equipment.

Seva MFIs goal is to help these vulnerable farmers become sustainable and successful entrepreneurs who can eventually qualify for commercial loans through banks. Moving forward, Seva MFI also intends to progressively “move inland” and reach out to other financially excluded and geographically isolated populations located in Suriname’s Amazon rain forest.

Seva MFI concentrates its lending activities in the Nickerie district. The organization is quite small in size; it currently has one office based in Nieuw Nickerie staffed with one coordinator and two loan officers. Their job is to assess financial needs for rice farmers in the area in order to purchase tools, equipment and fertilizer for the sowing season. In 2012, they successfully disbursed over 650 loans.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jul 17, 2013 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $636,775 $753,391,200
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $503,400
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 1,374
Amount of Paying Back Loans $219,725 $133,459,200
Number of Paying Back Loans 98 155,955
Amount of Ended Loans $417,050 $619,428,600
Number of Ended Loans 146 767,685
Delinquency Rate 7.78% 9.70%
Amount in Arrears $13,953 $8,425,187
Outstanding Portfolio $179,241 $86,838,921
Number of Loans Delinquent 22 31,941
Default Rate 0.55% 1.26%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $2,300 $7,794,102
Amount of Ended Loans $417,050 $619,428,600
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 1 21,130
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.33%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $2,478,516
Refund Rate 2.53% 0.66%
Amount of Refunded Loans $16,100 $4,995,100
Number of Refunded Loans 5 5,488

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 8.86% 74.49%
Average Loan Size $2,622 $415
Average Individual Loan Size $2,622 $649
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,848
Average number of borrowers per group 0 7.9
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $16,700 $5,950
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 15.70% 6.98%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 14.08 days 6.64 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $186.24 $62.60
  Average Loan Term 9.46 months 10.85 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 130 371,542
  Journaling Rate 71.10% 41.18%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.06
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.49

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2013 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 16% PY 15.00% PY 30.45% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 3.1% 0.4% -2.09%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 37.00% 19.30%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Rashrie Bahoran
Radj Bhondoe
Arwien Nibar