Indigenous Designs is a Northern California based Organic and Fair Trade apparel company that sources from more than 1,500 hand-knitting artisans located primarily in South America.
Founded in 1994, the organization aims to honor both people and the planet throughout every step of producing fashionable apparel. It develops and markets premium quality organic apparel to high-end fashion retailers primarily in North America, Europe and Japan.
A unique lending approach:
Indigenous Designs provides 0% interest loans for artisans in economically marginalized communities. The organization has recently launched a new application, the Fair Trace Tool, which creates engaging supply chain transparency from the producer to each customer.
In 2013, with concentrated effort throughout the supply chain, only 3% of employees in the Indigenous supply chain were at risk of falling below the national poverty line. With Kiva’s support, Indigenous Designs hopes to help accelerate the growth of ethical fair trade sales, drive more revenue through a just and fair supply chain, elevate many more people from poverty and provide them with opportunity and a voice.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Apr 22, 2014 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $4,300 $700,122,975
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $620,600
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 385
Amount of Paying Back Loans $4,300 $132,235,250
Number of Paying Back Loans 3 148,936
Amount of Ended Loans $0 $567,267,125
Number of Ended Loans 0 705,993
Delinquency Rate 25.00% 7.94%
Amount in Arrears $1,075 $6,872,906
Outstanding Portfolio $4,300 $86,559,975
Number of Loans Delinquent 3 28,295
Default Rate 0.00% 1.11%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $6,299,196
Amount of Ended Loans $0 $567,267,125
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 18,997
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.23%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $1,591,452
Refund Rate 0.00% 0.69%
Amount of Refunded Loans $0 $4,837,950
Number of Refunded Loans 0 5,330

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 66.67% 74.28%
Average Loan Size $1,433 $417
Average Individual Loan Size $1,433 $655
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,843
Average number of borrowers per group 0 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $6,715 $3,373
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 21.35% 12.35%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 3.51 days 6.22 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $408.92 $66.97
  Average Loan Term 25 months 10.71 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 0 344,823
  Journaling Rate 0.00% 41.54%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.07
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.61

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2009 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 0% APR 29.00% PY 32.11% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) N/A 1.4% -1.95%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 42.00% 19.57%

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Field Partner Staff

Billie Sumner