Asociacion Chajulense de Mujeres is a nonprofit organization that works to serve the women of the Ixil and K’iche’ Maya communities in the Quiche region of Guatemala.
Founded in 2008, the co-op commercializes the artisanal knitting products created by the members of the organization, and provides a credit and savings program, life insurance policy and investment opportunities for its members.
A grassroots and participatory lending approach:
Loans issued by Asociacion Chajulense de Mujeres are managed by Chajul’s indigenous women. The association visits faraway rural communities to increase access to credit, and the repayments are done in the communities also. Personnel are also indigenous women which constitute a cultural appropriate program and avoid language barriers.
Each loan will be between $150 and $1,500 USD, for a length of 12 months and a fixed interest rate of 12%. With Kiva’s support, ACM will be able to expand its credit program and help many more women in need. 

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva May 27, 2014 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $71,175 $672,026,125
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $509,050
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 226
Amount of Paying Back Loans $71,175 $124,838,600
Number of Paying Back Loans 15 138,243
Amount of Ended Loans $0 $546,678,475
Number of Ended Loans 0 682,709
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 5.93%
Amount in Arrears $0 $4,733,665
Outstanding Portfolio $36,865 $79,837,816
Number of Loans Delinquent 0 16,773
Default Rate 0.00% 1.12%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $6,122,094
Amount of Ended Loans $0 $546,678,475
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 18,779
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.20%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $1,317,367
Refund Rate 0.00% 0.70%
Amount of Refunded Loans $0 $4,720,150
Number of Refunded Loans 0 5,237

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 100.00% 74.24%
Average Loan Size $516 $417
Average Individual Loan Size $0 $655
Average Group Loan Size $4,745 $1,839
Average number of borrowers per group 9.2 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $4,155 $3,385
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 12.41% 12.31%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 18.01 days 6.07 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $28.63 $68.68
  Average Loan Term 13 months 10.64 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 1 331,932
  Journaling Rate 100.00% 41.63%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.07
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.67

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2009 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 18% APR 31.00% PY 32.23% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) N/A 4.5% -1.90%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 18.00% 19.55%

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Field Partner Staff

Sergio Enriquez