SEED, founded in 2004, is a young microfinance organization in the Philippines that operates in the metro Manila area. 
 
In addition to loans, SEED provides saving services, business development classes and skills trainings. About 90% of SEED’s active borrowers are underprivileged poor living in depressed, urban areas. 
 
A unique lending approach:
 
Fundraising on Kiva will allow SEED expand to new areas and to scale new loan products. In addition to their traditional business loans, SEED will work to scale its 0% interest start-up loans, which include intensive business training for new entrepreneurs, and several other innovative loan products. 
 

A Note on SEED’s Portfolio Yield:
 
We care deeply about the cost that Kiva borrowers pay for their loans, which is why fair pricing is a core part of our initial due diligence process for Field Partners. With Kiva's 0% capital, many of our Field Partners are also able to add additional value to their loans by reducing interest rates, offering non-financial services or creating new loan products.
 
For partners with reported portfolio yields or average APRs higher than 50%, Kiva takes steps to check that the high rates are justified by the impact of the loans. Kiva also verifies that the partner is not generating unreasonable profits or paying inflated salaries, and that the partner’s elevated operating costs are justified by its operating environment and/or the design of its loan products.
 
We seek to support loans that don’t impose an unjustifiable cost burden on hardworking borrowers. We nevertheless recognize that in order to reach vulnerable and excluded people with high-impact products and services, some of our partners incur high costs that necessitate charging higher-than-average costs to borrowers in order to allow for sustainability and scale.
 
Factors that drive up the costs that this partner organization charges its borrowers include:
 
  • They provide very small loans. This leads to higher operating costs, since providing each individual loan presents a minimum per-unit cost.
  • They’re a small company or organization that hasn’t yet achieved the scale and efficiency necessary to reach sustainability and reduce pricing, but the impact of their services merits the opportunity to prove their business model.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jun 10, 2014 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $12,650 $606,062,375
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $550,525
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 446
Amount of Paying Back Loans $11,150 $120,732,000
Number of Paying Back Loans 24 130,204
Amount of Ended Loans $1,500 $484,779,850
Number of Ended Loans 4 612,886
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 4.03%
Amount in Arrears $0 $3,183,786
Outstanding Portfolio $5,178 $78,958,718
Number of loanDelinquent 0 13,773
Default Rate 0.00% 1.11%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $5,357,098
Amount of Ended Loans $1,500 $484,779,850
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 16,819
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.09%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $572,888
Refund Rate 0.00% 0.75%
Amount of Refunded Loans $0 $4,553,925
Number of Refunded Loans 0 5,085

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 89.29% 74.22%
Average Loan Size $452 $419
Average Individual Loan Size $452 $656
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,831
Average number of borrowers per group 0 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $1,175 $3,423
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 38.45% 12.23%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 2.01 days 5.71 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $225.09 $73.40
  Average Loan Term 4.64 months 10.41 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 0 302,284
  Journaling Rate 0.00% 42.37%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.08
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.83

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2013 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 66% PY 46.00% PY 33.29% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) N/A 4.8% -1.37%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 8.00% 38.28%

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Field Partner Staff

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