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As California’s largest not-for-profit microlender, Opportunity Fund offers a unique blend of microfinance products, business advising, financial education, and community investments to help low-income families work toward economic stability. Since 1995, Opportunity Fund has provided $19.5 million in capital to more than 1,700 entrepreneurs, and offered thousands of hours of financial education to over 3,600 low-income Californians. Three-quarters of our clients are minorities, and 60% are women.

Microlending in the U.S.

For many U.S. workers, a job is not enough to provide economic self-sufficiency. For some, wage employment isn’t even a realistic option because of language barriers or family circumstances. Many of these enterprising individuals start small businesses to generate income and support their families – home daycare centers, hair salons, janitorial services, small retail stores, and more. These entrepreneurs often need small amounts of capital to start or expand their businesses, but can’t qualify for a bank loan. Opportunity Fund looks beyond the numbers on our clients' credit reports and loan applications; we see their potential as successful entrepreneurs and supply the financing and advising they need to get there. 

Our Results

As part of Opportunity Fund’s commitment to measurement and accountability, we track a variety of community impact metrics through data analysis and client surveys.

--90% historical repayment rate
--90% business survival rate
--95% of surveyed clients reported an increased ability to manage their business
--Borrowers’ income rise by 30%, on average.
--Each loan keeps or creates 2.4  jobs
--Every $1 invested spurs nearly $2 in additional annual economic revenue through new spending, new tax revenue, and new wages for workers

Our Products and Services

We support low-income entrepreneurs by meeting their small capital needs. We lend to small business owners so they can support their families and create jobs for their neighbors.

--Median loan size: $7,000
--Interest Rates: 8% -12% fixed + loan fees
--Typical businesses: auto mechanics; hair salons; dry cleaners.

Need a Small Business Loan?

Find out if Opportunity Fund can help you grow your business! Visit our website for more information on our Small Business Loans program.

What Else Does Opportunity Fund Do?

Opportunity Fund provides more than microloans. We are the nation’s largest microsavings provider, helping over 3,600 families save for education, small business, home ownership, citizenship, retirement, and emergencies. We are also a community real estate lender, providing loans for affordable housing and community facilities throughout California. Learn more about our other programs at www.opportunityfund.org.


Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jun 10, 2009 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $538,625 $864,089,775
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $378,925
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 245
Amount of Paying Back Loans $0 $136,644,550
Number of Paying Back Loans 0 166,002
Amount of Ended Loans $538,625 $727,066,300
Number of Ended Loans 96 903,193
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 8.22%
Amount in Arrears $0 $7,295,607
Outstanding Portfolio $0 $88,711,476
Number of Loans Delinquent 0 22,238
Default Rate 0.36% 1.32%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $1,926 $9,621,719
Amount of Ended Loans $538,625 $727,066,300
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 1 26,679
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.43%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $3,748,624
Refund Rate 0.37% 0.64%
Amount of Refunded Loans $2,000 $5,544,100
Number of Refunded Loans 1 5,818

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 59.79% 74.85%
Average Loan Size $5,573 $407
Average Individual Loan Size $5,573 $640
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,805
Average number of borrowers per group 0 7.8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $54,800 $5,937
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 10.17% 6.86%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 5.48 days 6.9 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $1,016.49 $59.06
  Average Loan Term 26.53 months 11.04 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 63 438,945
  Journaling Rate 54.17% 41.47%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 1.06 0.05
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 1.32 1.29

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2009 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower N/A N/A 27.39% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) N/A N/A -0.64%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) 67.60% N/A 19.18%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Ana Asensio
Candice Balmaceda
Tessie Boado
Anthony Chang
Liz Givens
Regie Ledesma
Laura MacArthur
Caitlin McShane
Libby Morris
Suvada Mujanovic
Lieu Nguyen