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June 9, 2020 - COVID-19 Update:

Kiva has been in contact with Cooperativa San Jose to understand how we can best support their business and borrowers during the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to prioritize the safety and well-being of all staff, borrowers and their families as this global pandemic continues.

While country-specific responses to the crisis vary, most governments have imposed curfews, travel restrictions, and nation-wide shutdowns. Ecuador has imposed temporary moratoriums on loan payments, affecting not only microfinance, but the economy as a whole. 

As a result, borrowers and Cooperativa San Jose may experience difficulty making and collecting loan repayments due to the aforementioned restrictions or fallout effects of the virus. Over the coming months, it’s possible that lenders will see a delay in repayments and new loans posted by Cooperativa San Jose. As an impact-first funder, Kiva is committed to serving our Field Partners, as in past crises. We are sympathetic to temporary increases in repayment delays and delinquency in order to help Field Partners and borrower communities recover. 

Kiva is working closely with Cooperativa San Jose to support them and their borrowers through the COVID-19 crisis. Cooperativa San Jose is sending regular updates to Kiva, and we'll update Partner Pages as we learn more. 

On behalf of Kiva and Cooperativa San Jose, we’re grateful for your continued support through this difficult time. 

Partner description:

The San José Credit and Savings Cooperative is located in San José de Chimbo Canton, in the central mountains of Ecuador’s Bolivar Province. The cooperative has been in existence for 45 years, and its work is primarily focused in rural areas. It is regulated by the SBS, Ecuador’s Superintendent of Banks and Insurance Providers.

Our vision: To combine leadership, competitiveness and financial solvency with committed human talent, appropriate technology, and innovative financial services and products while meeting financial standards and appropriately managing risk. 

Take a few minutes to learn about Cooperativa San José's rural loan program:

Currently the only loans on Kiva from Cooperativa San Jose are from their “Ventanillas Rurales” (Window to the Countryside) loan product, or VR for short. This loan was designed specifically for rural borrowers who are far from branch locations. Most loans are given to agriculturalists, but some go to small retailers. There are several features of this unique loan type;

1) Loans are individual, but are guaranteed by self-selecting groups of 10 to 30 members.

2) CSJ is one of the few credit unions on Kiva. As such, borrowers have the same membership rights and responsibilities as other members, including a voice in institutional governance.

3) Loans include compulsory savings in order to educate recipients about the advantage of saving as well as borrowing. Interest rates on these savings are excellent compared to domestic banks.

4) Like all members of the credit union, VR borrowers receive comprehensive life insurance as long as they maintain a reasonable minimum balance in their savings accounts.

5) There are many repayment options depending on borrower needs and business conditions. For example, many agriculture loans have a single repayment just after the harvest.

6) CSJ offers training sessions for borrowers which focus on how to increase their sales.

7) Loan officers travel to attend group meetings once a month to collect payments and deposits.

8) In November of 2011, CSJ will begin bringing Personal Digital Assistants, or specially programmed smart phones with a blue-tooth printers, to monthly group meetings. These PDAs will allow borrowers to perform a range of transactions instantly and digitally, and to obtain a receipt for each transaction.

All these features contribute to a product that is highly developed and very appropriate to the needs of its rural customers. CSJ’s vision for the Ventanillas Rurales program is that it provide the best customer service possible to its most remote members. To achieve this, the VR team is constantly tweaking the program’s design in accordance with its own capabilities, member demand, and advances in technology.

Lend to CSJ’s entrepreneurs or join their lending team to support unique and appropriate loans for rural borrowers!

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Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jan 27, 2010 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $4,136,275 $1,446,471,475
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $1,203,625
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 194
Amount of Paying Back Loans $8,400 $145,191,200
Number of Paying Back Loans 8 163,527
Amount of Ended Loans $4,127,875 $1,300,076,650
Number of Ended Loans 5,097 1,704,858
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 23.51%
Amount in Arrears $0 $21,703,337
Outstanding Portfolio ($10) $92,297,732
Number of Loans Delinquent 0 74,988
Default Rate 0.27% 1.73%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $11,205 $22,477,325
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 46 54,469
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.40%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $5,836,094
Refund Rate 0.25% 0.63%
Amount of Refunded Loans $10,300 $9,148,850
Number of Refunded Loans 12 8,475

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 47.37% 76.66%
Average Loan Size $810 $395
Average Individual Loan Size $810 $611
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,772
Average number of borrowers per group 0 7.8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $10,600 $5,731
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 7.64% 6.89%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 9.87 days 7.41 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $82.12 $53.30
  Average Loan Term 10 months 11.37 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 2,062 909,721
  Journaling Rate 34.26% 43.86%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.02 0.03
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.07 0.70

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2016 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 15% PY 20.00% PY 25.38% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 1.4% 1.8% -1.35%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) 91.80% 49.00% 12.34%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Belen Castillo
William Eduardo Trujillo Garcia
Alex Yanza