Soluz Honduras is a social and environmental enterprise committed to increasing energy access for Hondurans using solar technology. By distributing solar products and related financing to provide affordable clean electricity, Soluz Honduras contributes to economic development while protecting the environment.
Established in 1994, Soluz Honduras is a pioneer in solar rural electrification and has provided solar electric systems and related financing to tens of thousands of rural households, enterprises, and community facilities (schools, clinics, and community centers).
A unique lending approach:
Honduras has one of the lowest rural electrification rates in Latin America after Nicaragua, with about 50 percent of the rural population still lacking access to electricity. Soluz Honduras provides loans for the following borrowers:
·      Individual households or businesses for the purchase of solar products tailored for their needs and budget.
·      Micro-entrepreneurs to finance solar product inventory to help them build their own solar product distribution businesses.
Kiva funding will help Soluz Honduras expand its credit program to serve deeper into the base of the economic pyramid and to open up new markets for solar products that serve the poor. 

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jun 21, 2014 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $137,200 $751,620,750
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $639,550
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 1,371
Amount of Paying Back Loans $83,375 $131,711,300
Number of Paying Back Loans 120 153,645
Amount of Ended Loans $53,825 $619,269,900
Number of Ended Loans 80 767,591
Delinquency Rate 1.26% 8.11%
Amount in Arrears $678 $6,902,151
Outstanding Portfolio $53,668 $85,129,649
Number of Loans Delinquent 13 23,047
Default Rate 0.00% 1.26%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $7,793,859
Amount of Ended Loans $53,825 $619,269,900
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 21,129
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.14% 0.33%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $186 $2,478,516
Refund Rate 0.00% 0.66%
Amount of Refunded Loans $0 $4,973,325
Number of Refunded Loans 0 5,474

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 31.34% 74.49%
Average Loan Size $686 $416
Average Individual Loan Size $686 $649
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,847
Average number of borrowers per group 0 7.9
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $4,800 $5,949
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 14.29% 6.99%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 3.37 days 6.63 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $203.38 $62.65
  Average Loan Term 11 months 10.84 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 115 370,802
  Journaling Rate 96.81% 41.20%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.06
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.49

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2015 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 18% APR 36.00% PY 31.04% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) N/A 2.2% -0.86%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 41.00% 19.24%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Andrés Carbajal
Isabel Chavez