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Partner Description:

Village Infrastructure is a for-profit social enterprise founded in the UK that brings together business angel investors and the poorest communities in developing countries. The organization makes solar energy affordable through energy loans of up to three years.
 
A unique lending approach:

Village Infrastructure loans on Kiva will be for citizens of the southern pacific island nation of Vanuatu. 
 
Micro-entrepreneurs will be selected and trained to fully understand the installation process, managing payments and basic maintenance. These entrepreneurs are usually already running other enterprises for the village such as a store, school, church or other civic organization, and are looking for a supplemental income stream. 


The organization installs solar stations for villages for up to 100 households, and the micro-entrepreneurs collect around USD $2-3 per week from each household for the use of the solar lamps and batteries. Thus for the same weekly price they would otherwise pay for kerosene, villagers can access clean and safe solar lighting and own this infrastructure in 1-3 years time.
 
The micro-entrepreneur retains 15% of the gross revenue collected.

Village Infrastructure 
 
Vanuatu

April 29, 2014

Village Infrastructure is a for-profit social enterprise founded in the UK that brings together business angel investors and the poorest communities in developing countries. The organization makes solar energy affordable through energy loans of up to three years.

 
A unique lending approach:

Village Infrastructure loans on Kiva will be for citizens of the southern pacific island nation of Vanuatu. 
 
Micro-entrepreneurs will be selected and trained to fully understand the installation process, managing payments and basic maintenance. These entrepreneurs are usually already running other enterprises for the village such as a store, school, church or other civic organization, and are looking for a supplemental income stream. 


The organization installs solar stations for villages for up to 100 households, and the micro-entrepreneurs collect around USD $2-3 per week from each household for the use of the solar lamps and batteries. Thus for the same weekly price they would otherwise pay for kerosene, villagers can access clean and safe solar lighting and own this infrastructure in 1-3 years time.
 
The micro-entrepreneur retains 15% of the gross revenue collected.



Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva May 19, 2014 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $9,250 $605,692,300
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $556,050
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 462
Amount of Paying Back Loans $9,250 $120,357,850
Number of Paying Back Loans 4 129,783
Amount of Ended Loans $0 $484,778,400
Number of Ended Loans 0 612,884
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 4.05%
Amount in Arrears $0 $3,183,813
Outstanding Portfolio $8,004 $78,590,312
Number of loanDelinquent 0 13,778
Default Rate 0.00% 1.11%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $5,357,098
Amount of Ended Loans $0 $484,778,400
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 16,819
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.09%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $572,888
Refund Rate 0.00% 0.75%
Amount of Refunded Loans $0 $4,553,925
Number of Refunded Loans 0 5,085

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 25.00% 74.22%
Average Loan Size $201 $419
Average Individual Loan Size $0 $656
Average Group Loan Size $2,313 $1,830
Average number of borrowers per group 11.5 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $0 $3,424
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 0.00% 12.23%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 0.13 days 5.7 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $1,549.47 $73.42
  Average Loan Term 37 months 10.4 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 0 302,242
  Journaling Rate 0.00% 42.38%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.08
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.83

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2009 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 19% APR N/A 33.28% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) N/A N/A -1.42%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A N/A 38.08%

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Field Partner Staff

Kim Chen
Stewart Craine
Lucy Symons