Status Update - February 28, 2013

HOPE International recently made the difficult decision to close its branch office in Kinshasa and focus its lending activity in a different geographic area in DRC. As you may know, DRC is a very difficult operating environment due to political instability, corruption and ongoing armed conflict in the East. However, HOPE DRC and Kiva both remain committed to continuing microfinance operations in the country and serving the critical needs of borrowers for years to come.

Because HOPE International no longer operates in Kinshasa, the organization has repaid Kiva lenders for outstanding loans made to Kinshasa borrowers. HOPE DRC will continue to post loans to Kiva from its Lumumbashi branch office.

Partner Description:

HOPE International has been providing small business loans and savings services to thousands of entrepreneurs in DRC since 2004. It is also one of Kiva’s earliest field partners, aiming to expand access to financial services to the 99% who live without it.

In a country where there are only 650,000 bank accounts among a population of 66.7 million, HOPE DRC targets small business owners who can use loans to increase their inventories or invest in assets that have the potential to increase their incomes.

Through a community bank and group lending structure, HOPE DRC reaches thousands of clients, 80% of whom are female, with loans averaging $431. Funds from Kiva lenders play a major role in expanding access to affordable, flexible capital for micro-enterprises.

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Nono (far left) of the Bokoli Plus Group used her loan to buy sacks of sugar and milk to sell at the market. The 12 other members of her borrower group also sell food.

The organization’s operations are largely shaped by the country’s history. Still recovering from a five-year civil war that ended in 2003, many people in DRC are still affected by violence, corruption, and economic instability. While the country is rich in natural resources, wealth in concentrated in the hands of a few.

Today, 95.2% of DRC’s population lives on less than US$2 a day, and 81.7% qualifes as underemployed. As a result, many workers have been pushed into the informal economy, increasing demand for financial services on a small, customized scale.


Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Feb 21, 2007 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $2,236,075 $644,173,450
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $908,375
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 802
Amount of Paying Back Loans $0 $125,991,400
Number of Paying Back Loans 0 138,812
Amount of Ended Loans $2,236,075 $517,273,675
Number of Ended Loans 617 648,265
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 4.70%
Amount in Arrears $0 $3,887,610
Outstanding Portfolio $0 $82,655,376
Number of loanDelinquent 0 15,483
Default Rate 0.07% 1.10%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $1,598 $5,692,370
Amount of Ended Loans $2,236,075 $517,273,675
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 2 17,485
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.12%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $783,507
Refund Rate 0.34% 0.71%
Amount of Refunded Loans $7,575 $4,605,450
Number of Refunded Loans 2 5,145

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 63.29% 74.17%
Average Loan Size $186 $418
Average Individual Loan Size $766 $655
Average Group Loan Size $3,849 $1,840
Average number of borrowers per group 20.9 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $119 $3,405
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 156.65% 12.26%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 2.76 days 5.96 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $67.49 $70.01
  Average Loan Term 3.64 months 10.58 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 276 320,387
  Journaling Rate 35.49% 42.09%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.30 0.07
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 5.35 1.73

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2011 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 109% PY 56.00% PY 33.02% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) -28.6% 1.1% -0.69%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) 70.68% 15.00% 36.66%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Mercy Allah-Asra
Micah Crist
modeste ETAMBA
Peter Greer
Alanna Heath
yves MBOBA
papy mushila
Liz Myrick
Brad Statnick