Last updated April 26, 2015

Partner Description:

Instituto Peruano de Fomento Educativo, or Promotion of Education Peruvian Institute, is a non-profit organization that provides affordable credit facilities for students hoping to gain access to higher education. IPFE has more than 50 years of experience in the development of educational programs and projects targeted towards Peru’s sustainability. They do this by specifically targeting low-income students seeking an education in the technical field.

With a constantly developing economy, Peru is in great need of competent and qualified technicians in the mining, agro-industry, and finance sectors. IPFE is dedicated to assisting low-income students secure a specific competency and ultimately a well-paying job in currently thriving technical industries. IPFE maintains regular contact with students in order to ensure that the student is succeeding academically and is on track to graduate. IPFE also holds student workshops throughout the year to plan and discuss long-term professional goals and career planning. Approximately 95% of IPFE’s student borrowers secure higher-income, stable employment within 3 months of graduating.
A unique lending approach:
IPFE has successfully partnered with the technical institute SENATI to offer students the opportunity to enroll in technical courses. IPFE will offer loans of approximately $5000 that cover tuition fees for six cycles (of 5 months) of studies in a technical program at SENATI, ranging from mechanical engineering to computer administration.

IPFE and SENATI have estimated that there are about 6,500 students in Lima, Peru who would benefit from a loan to finance their education. With Kiva’s support, IPFE will be able to fuel its student loan portfolio growth and launch a pilot program to fund students’ tuition fees for technical degrees.

Student Testimonial:

Karoline, SENATI Graduate in Auto-Mechanics

Karoline, a SENATI Graduate in Auto-Mechanics

Karoline is a 20-year old recent graduate of SENATI from the district of Rimac in Lima, Peru. She started her work in a local auto-mechanic shop called Automatriz Vadillo immediately after graduation, and states that SENATI did an excellent job of preparing her for her job through her coursework and internships in the final semesters. Currently, Karoline is the only female in her job, as the nature of the work tends to attract more males. Despite this fact and working in the heat 10 hours a day, from Monday to Saturday, she is constantly learning and loves her job.

Without the Kiva loan, it would have been extremely difficult for her to continue her studies due to her family’s economical situation. She says, “I am extremely thankful for the support and opportunity that Kiva has given me. In particular, Kiva Lenders allowed me to finish my degree in Auto Mechanics at SENATI, which led to my current job in an Auto-mechanic shop.”

In the future, Karoline aspires to further and specialize her education in auto-electronics, as she believes that technology is constantly advancing nowadays. Afterword, she hopes to eventually give back by teaching others what she has learned in her field.

Karoline is just one example of the several bright students in Peru seeking higher education through IPFE. To help other students reach their fullest potential, please consider funding a loan through IPFE.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Apr 7, 2014 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $422,750 $732,639,600
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $308,450
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 233
Amount of Paying Back Loans $419,825 $135,087,750
Number of Paying Back Loans 113 155,855
Amount of Ended Loans $2,925 $597,243,400
Number of Ended Loans 3 740,549
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 9.55%
Amount in Arrears $0 $8,424,213
Outstanding Portfolio $343,266 $88,215,442
Number of Loans Delinquent 0 31,109
Default Rate 0.00% 1.17%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $6,983,576
Amount of Ended Loans $2,925 $597,243,400
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 20,011
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.18% 0.29%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $769 $2,153,504
Refund Rate 0.83% 0.67%
Amount of Refunded Loans $3,500 $4,933,250
Number of Refunded Loans 1 5,439

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 29.20% 74.47%
Average Loan Size $3,643 $416
Average Individual Loan Size $3,643 $652
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,849
Average number of borrowers per group 0 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $12,000 $5,942
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 30.36% 7.00%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 13.36 days 6.47 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $272.71 $64.24
  Average Loan Term 46.53 months 10.8 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 12 361,634
  Journaling Rate 33.33% 41.47%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.06
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.53

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2013 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 13% APR 29.00% PY 31.73% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 4.3% 1.4% -0.77%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 42.00% 19.33%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Carolina Boza
Percy Romero