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Partner Description

Micro Start, (Action des Femmes pour le Développement) is a microfinance institution based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. It was founded by eight Burkinabe women, each of them experienced in microcredit or entrepreneurship. Eager to use their experience and commitment to help poor women entrepreneurs, the group founded Micro Start using their own capital, and started providing microcredit services to women entrepreneurs in 2000. Members of this original team continue to manage the organization’s day-to-day activities and drive it forward under the institution’s core values of solidarity, transparency, social justice, equality, and Christian faith.

Micro Start’s principal objective is to become a professional microfinance institution offering financial services, advice, and trainings in order to:

•    Create or reinforce the income-generating activities of Burkinabe women
•    Collect obligatory and voluntary savings in order to foster clients’ financial independence
•    Create or improve solidarity among solidarity group members
•    Provide women with access to necessary materials and equipment for their businesses
•    Build women entrepreneurs’ skills in management, business administration, etc.
•    Create jobs
•    Improve the living conditions of its clients’ communities

Micro start currently offers the following products to its clients:
•    Solidarity group loans: Micro Start’s leading loan product. Provided to self-selected groups of 2-10 women entrepreneurs. Starting loan amount is approximately $50.
•    Individual loans: Provided to female and male clients with larger capacities, many of whom have “graduated” from solidarity groups.
•    Motorbike loans: Provided to women and men who would like to purchase motorbikes. These motorbikes are important tools for entrepreneurs who must transport products to and from markets for sale.
•    Bicycle loans: Provided to women and men who would like to purchase bicycles.
•    Gas stove loans: Provided to clients who would like to purchase gas stoves in order to stop cooking with wood and charcoal (which is harmful to the environment).
•    Obligatory and voluntary savings accounts
Through its network of 5 branch offices, Micro Start serves the areas of Ouagadougou, Koupéla, Zorgho, Mogtédo, and Boulsa. True to its original purpose of serving poor women, Micro Start serves a 92% female client base with a continually evolving selection of appropriate, high-quality financial products and services.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Apr 21, 2011 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $2,555,325 $1,437,649,975
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $1,430,575
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 143
Amount of Paying Back Loans $239,525 $147,303,900
Number of Paying Back Loans 162 165,841
Amount of Ended Loans $2,315,800 $1,288,915,500
Number of Ended Loans 2,660 1,686,662
Delinquency Rate 60.12% 23.04%
Amount in Arrears $90,765 $21,840,658
Outstanding Portfolio $134,204 $94,780,337
Number of Loans Delinquent 60 83,233
Default Rate 0.32% 1.73%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $7,481 $22,333,868
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 26 54,136
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.45% 0.39%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $11,626 $5,742,255
Refund Rate 0.33% 0.62%
Amount of Refunded Loans $8,500 $8,923,325
Number of Refunded Loans 8 8,447

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 68.70% 76.61%
Average Loan Size $225 $395
Average Individual Loan Size $914 $612
Average Group Loan Size $904 $1,769
Average number of borrowers per group 4.6 7.8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $1,500 $5,735
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 15.00% 6.89%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 5.25 days 7.29 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $42.86 $54.18
  Average Loan Term 7.61 months 11.38 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 1,455 906,112
  Journaling Rate 40.01% 43.91%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.03
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 0.71

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2016 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 13% PY 20.00% PY 25.53% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 4.7% -2.1% -1.33%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) 211.20% 77.00% 12.38%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Diana Biggs
Diana Biggs
Jean-Pierre Compaoré
Lydie Gnoumou
Isabelle NOMBRE
Phoebé Dorcas OUEDRAOGO
Julie Sawadogo
Marcelline Zouma