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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 $1,550,925 $874,960,175
Amount of raised Inactive loans $525 $710,400
Number of raised Inactive loans 1 536
Amount of Paying Back Loans $278,975 $136,648,425
Number of Paying Back Loans 190 167,060
Amount of Ended Loans $1,271,425 $737,601,350
Number of Ended Loans 1,327 916,439
Delinquency Rate 12.26% 8.46%
Amount in Arrears $26,520 $7,476,165
Outstanding Portfolio $216,283 $88,321,485
Number of Loans Delinquent 55 22,435
Default Rate 0.22% 1.32%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $2,813 $9,707,641
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 10 27,160
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.57% 0.44%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $8,776 $3,823,595
Refund Rate 0.24% 0.65%
Amount of Refunded Loans $3,750 $5,700,625
Number of Refunded Loans 4 5,834

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 67.29% 74.90%
Average Loan Size $214 $407
Average Individual Loan Size $1,296 $640
Average Group Loan Size $987 $1,805
Average number of borrowers per group 5.3 7.8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $1,500 $5,934
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 14.28% 6.86%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 3.88 days 6.92 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $55.23 $58.85
  Average Loan Term 8.01 months 11.06 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 609 447,300
  Journaling Rate 37.88% 41.58%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.01 0.05
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.27

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2014 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 13% PY 20.00% PY 26.87% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 3.1% -2.1% -0.78%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) 211.20% 77.00% 18.82%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Sara Allan
Diana Biggs
Jean-Pierre Compaoré
Lydie Gnoumou
Isabelle NOMBRE
Phoebé Dorcas OUEDRAOGO
Marcelline Zouma

Kiva Fellow(s)

Florence Lepelletier