Last Updated June 3, 2014

Partner Description:
Ibdaa Microfinance is an initiative of the Arab Gulf Fund (AGFUND) aimed at reducing poverty and unemployment in Lebanon. Ibdaa targets marginalized communities, women, entrepreneurs and youth. 
Among the populations Idbaa targets are displaced Syrian and Palestinian refugees. Lebanon has been experiencing an influx of Syrian refugees who are escaping the violent conflict in neighboring Syria. The refugees add to Lebanon’s economic instability as they struggle to obtain jobs. Palestinian refugees are also a highly marginalized part of the Lebanese economy. They are forced to live in refugee camps and face many job restrictions. Ibdaa’s loans will serve these vulnerable refugee communities and help stabilize Lebanon’s economy.
Unique Lending Approach:
Kiva funding is used primarily for Ibdaa’s borrowers who are Syrian refugees, Palestinian refugees and youth with startup businesses. The loans are given to Syrian and Palestinian refugees who are working or have established businesses, and women borrowers are prioritized.
The loans that Ibdaa offers to Syrian refugees are group loans (three per group), while those offered to the Palestinian refugees and youth startups are individual loans. The youth startup loans are particularly unique in that they will also include business development services, on-the-job coaching and mentoring to help young entrepreneurs successfully launch their businesses.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jul 10, 2014 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $121,600 $734,412,575
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $336,575
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 313
Amount of Paying Back Loans $106,575 $135,533,050
Number of Paying Back Loans 75 157,326
Amount of Ended Loans $15,025 $598,542,950
Number of Ended Loans 13 741,381
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 8.77%
Amount in Arrears $0 $7,828,933
Outstanding Portfolio $70,129 $89,306,418
Number of Loans Delinquent 0 30,263
Default Rate 0.00% 1.27%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $7,573,297
Amount of Ended Loans $15,025 $598,542,950
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 20,839
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.29%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $2,153,504
Refund Rate 1.69% 0.67%
Amount of Refunded Loans $2,050 $4,933,875
Number of Refunded Loans 2 5,441

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 37.50% 74.49%
Average Loan Size $1,315 $416
Average Individual Loan Size $1,382 $651
Average Group Loan Size $1,000 $1,849
Average number of borrowers per group 3 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $15,800 $5,942
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 8.33% 7.00%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 11.79 days 6.49 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $111.57 $64.07
  Average Loan Term 13.67 months 10.8 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 5 363,340
  Journaling Rate 7.69% 41.52%
  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 43% PY 32.00% PY 31.61% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) -15.7% -13.5% -0.48%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 11.00% 19.33%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Rouba Abou Assaly
Anna Chaaraoui
Manale Haddad