Alivio Capital is a Mexican for-profit organization that provides accessible financing for low-income families to cover medical expenses. Low-income families are often forced to sell family assets or resort to informal lenders in order to pay for unexpected medical bills. By providing these families with accessible financing, Alivio enables patients to, over time, pay their hospital bills and doctor’s fees, as well as to buy any medical equipment needed for their recovery.
A unique lending approach:
Alivio Capital loans range from  $300 to $800 with an annual interest rate of 28%. This rate is half of what some other formal lenders offer and one third of that of other informal lenders.  Alivio funds can only be used to pay for hospital bills, cover doctor’s fees, and purchase vital medical equipment. Each client is evaluated based on ad-hoc credit scoring criteria.
Alivio Capital began operations in Mexico four years ago, and has since been growing at a steady pace.
With Kiva’s support, Alivio Capital hopes to expand their customer base to include the most vulnerable low-income populations that other formal institutions are not willing to lend to.  

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Aug 9, 2014 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $77,175 $700,647,600
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $616,900
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 381
Amount of Paying Back Loans $68,050 $132,685,450
Number of Paying Back Loans 107 149,589
Amount of Ended Loans $9,125 $567,345,250
Number of Ended Loans 16 706,085
Delinquency Rate 0.71% 7.77%
Amount in Arrears $301 $6,752,872
Outstanding Portfolio $42,298 $86,956,712
Number of Loans Delinquent 11 27,655
Default Rate 0.00% 1.12%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $6,327,222
Amount of Ended Loans $9,125 $567,345,250
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 19,053
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.28% 0.23%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $215 $1,591,452
Refund Rate 0.00% 0.69%
Amount of Refunded Loans $0 $4,842,450
Number of Refunded Loans 0 5,332

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 44.03% 74.29%
Average Loan Size $627 $416
Average Individual Loan Size $627 $655
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,844
Average number of borrowers per group 0 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $11,249 $3,373
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 5.58% 12.35%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 4.11 days 6.22 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $152.77 $66.94
  Average Loan Term 12.77 months 10.71 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 0 344,967
  Journaling Rate 0.00% 41.53%
  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 20% APR 74.00% PY 32.11% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) N/A 1% -1.95%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 4.00% 19.57%

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Field Partner Staff

Marlene Silva
Patricio Villareal