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Ensibuuko is a for-profit organization that works with rural Ugandan farmers to provide them with access to farm inputs, market information, finance and solar products.

Established in 2011, the organization utilizes a mobile platform that includes a rural advisory network of extension workers, access to purchase inputs over the phone, secure loans for these inputs, and links a farmer’s produce to larger markets at harvest.

A unique lending approach:

Ensibuuko provides loans to farmers for agriculture inputs, including fertilizer and seeds, and solar products. Each individual farmer’s repayment schedule is structured to match the cash flows of his or her principal crops. Ensibuuko selects its borrowers from experienced farmers with a high level of integrity that have demonstrated leadership potential in their community. All Ensibuuko borrowers make a commitment to apply proper farming practices in their farms and agree to mentor and transfer skills to other farmers in their community. In this way, Ensibuuko is building a cohort of model farmers committed to mentor local farmers in their community.

Through the use of their mobile platform, Ensibuuko is also providing farmers with high quality inputs and market information they would otherwise not have access to. With a current reach of 35 districts, Ensibuuko intends to directly extent its services to 25,000 rural farmers in the next 5 years.

Because 90% of Ensibuuko’s borrowers are from off-grid communities, Kiva loans will also be used to help farmers acquire affordable solar systems for lighting and charging mobile phones so that they stay connected and productive. Kiva’s support will also allow the organization to extend loans to more rural farmers who are capable of increasing their production capacity.

Currently, Ensibuuko is reinvesting its profits into a farmer fund that will provide loans to women farmers who demonstrate the potential to grow and manage a rural-based processing plant.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Mar 27, 2014 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $47,025 $616,738,475
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $384,175
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 567
Amount of Paying Back Loans $47,025 $122,181,625
Number of Paying Back Loans 57 131,949
Amount of Ended Loans $0 $494,172,675
Number of Ended Loans 0 624,142
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 4.28%
Amount in Arrears $0 $3,379,775
Outstanding Portfolio $39,735 $78,995,477
Number of loanDelinquent 0 15,731
Default Rate 0.00% 1.10%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $5,429,274
Amount of Ended Loans $0 $494,172,675
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 16,912
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.10%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $614,667
Refund Rate 0.05% 0.74%
Amount of Refunded Loans $25 $4,567,000
Number of Refunded Loans 1 5,104

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 75.86% 74.24%
Average Loan Size $811 $419
Average Individual Loan Size $811 $655
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,835
Average number of borrowers per group 0 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $1,500 $3,415
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 54.08% 12.26%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 1.98 days 5.75 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $408.90 $72.79
  Average Loan Term 12.45 months 10.46 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 0 307,835
  Journaling Rate 0.00% 42.28%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.07
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.80

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 57.00% PY 33.15% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) N/A 4.5% -1.29%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 61.00% 38.08%

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