Last updated July 24, 2013

Partner Description:

African Entrepreneur Collective (AEC) is a business accelerator program that aims to help African youth-led enterprises grow and create new jobs for the poor in their communities. This unique, comprehensive program is committed to addressing the problem of unemployment in Rwanda and to capitalizing on the opportunity for sustainable small and medium enterprise (SME) growth to fill a demonstrated need in East Africa.

The program offers business training to young entrepreneurs to enhance their practical skills in accounting, finance, marketing and more. Additionally, AEC provides tailored, real-time support to new entrepreneurs by connecting them with mentors from around the world and providing them with technical assistance and access to capital.

60% of the population in Rwanda is under 24, and roughly 20% is between the ages of 15 and 24. It’s estimated that between now and 2020, two million jobs will have to be created in order to accommodate the growing population of young entrants into the labor market. With more than 10 million people entering Africa’s labor force each year, it’s important to find solutions to the continent’s youth unemployment problem.

By accelerating the growth of some of the country’s 190,000 micro-entrepreneurs, and turning them into job creators, AEC believes it will have the strongest impact on sustainable SME development in Rwanda.

Kiva lenders’ funds are used to impact more entrepreneurs in the country and create more job opportunities.

A unique lending approach

AEC aims to support and invest in young entrepreneurs who have demonstrated success at a small scale, and help them grow their businesses to create jobs for others in their communities. Each year, AEC recruits and selects 100 entrepreneurs to participate in a two-year business accelerator. Once identified through competitive applications, entrepreneurs receive business training to sharpen their skills.

Overall, the organization works in three areas: a) focus on existing entrepreneurs to provide them additional support to expand the business and become more successful. b) develop entrepreneurial capacity by providing practical, strategic and hands-on mentoring and training to equip entrepreneurs with hard and soft skills needed for growth. c) remove barriers to growth by providing technical assistance and deliver curriculum on practical skills and building individual capacity.

AEC currently offers a business loan program which is offered exclusively for the entrepreneurs that are part of the accelerator program. The goal of this program is to help entrepreneurs withstand low cash flow periods and purchase capital equipment and inventory to increase capacity, as they are growing their business in order to access larger, longer term financing in the future.

AEC partners with African Innovation Prize, incubators, technical schools including the Akilah Institute for Women, Rwanda Development Board, GroFin, and many others to receive referrals of high growth potential enterprises.

Kiva's current Regional Director, Africa, Cher Jacques, is a member of AEC's Board of Directors. Cher was not involved in Kiva's decision to partner with AEC and does not make any decisions related to AEC's funding on Kiva. 

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jul 31, 2013 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $121,300 $572,734,750
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $309,625
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 297
Amount of Paying Back Loans $101,300 $117,225,675
Number of Paying Back Loans 10 123,043
Amount of Ended Loans $20,000 $455,199,450
Number of Ended Loans 2 579,866
Delinquency Rate 1.54% 3.64%
Amount in Arrears $1,382 $2,779,164
Outstanding Portfolio $89,786 $76,342,031
Number of loanDelinquent 1 11,617
Default Rate 0.00% 1.08%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $4,922,248
Amount of Ended Loans $20,000 $455,199,450
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 15,204
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.07%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $405,498
Refund Rate 0.00% 0.78%
Amount of Refunded Loans $0 $4,475,600
Number of Refunded Loans 0 5,003

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 8.33% 74.23%
Average Loan Size $10,108 $418
Average Individual Loan Size $10,108 $657
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,823
Average number of borrowers per group 0 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $1,000 $3,443
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 1,010.83% 12.15%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 6.23 days 5.49 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $1,623.35 $76.15
  Average Loan Term 10.92 months 10.23 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 4 285,900
  Journaling Rate 66.67% 42.45%
  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 2009 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Portfolio Yield N/A 31.00% 33.65%
  Profitability (return on assets) -155% -3.2% -1.29%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 81.00% 41.84%

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Field Partner Staff

Matt Koschak
Julienne Oyler