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Status update - November 12, 2015:

Kiva recently re-assessed the level of risk associated with loans from this Field Partner. During this process, our analysts gathered updated operational and financial information about the institution, spoke with key members of the staff and analyzed the Field Partner’s loan products. As a result, KosInvest's risk rating is now listed as 1.5 stars instead of 3.0 stars. The primary reasons for this change in rating are an increasingly competitive market in Kosovo and governance changes at the organization.

Partner Description:

KosInvest started its operations in Kosovo in October 2001 as a micro-enterprise development division of World Vision, and has been a separate entity since January 2007.

In Kosovo, 30% of the country lives below the national poverty line, according to the World Bank, with 13% living on less than $1 a day, according to World Vision. The country is one of the poorest in Europe, with a per capita GDP of $3800.

KosInvest operates exclusively in rural areas in Kosovo, where two-thirds of the nation’s poor live. Through inclusive financial services, KosInvest aims to help marginalized and economically active poor families generate more income and improve their living conditions. KosInvest works in ethnically divided areas and expressly focuses on strengthening ties across these communities by promoting shared economic interests and building business relationships. 

As of December 2013, KosInvest had disbursed more than US $30 million in loans. Since it started providing loans, KosInvest has helped create over 7,000 new jobs.

KosInvest offers a wide range of loans, including loans for vulnerable populations, agriculture, and women-headed households. In 2014, KosInvest began offering a new livestock loan product that allows farmers to receive livestock or machinery directly, rather than receiving the loan amount in cash. This loan product is the first of its kind in Kosovo.

In 2011, KosInvest won the Social Performance Reporting Award in the Silver Category from the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX). The organization is member of MIX, the Association of Microfinance Institutions in Kosovo (AMIK), and the Microfinance Centre, a regional microfinance network.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva May 14, 2012 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $2,182,875 $890,367,650
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $690,025
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 318
Amount of Paying Back Loans $548,225 $141,094,550
Number of Paying Back Loans 412 173,579
Amount of Ended Loans $1,634,650 $748,583,075
Number of Ended Loans 1,159 931,198
Delinquency Rate 0.48% 9.36%
Amount in Arrears $1,658 $8,622,501
Outstanding Portfolio $343,418 $92,111,067
Number of Loans Delinquent 15 31,917
Default Rate 1.71% 1.35%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $27,918 $10,082,697
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 49 28,346
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 1.84% 0.45%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $40,269 $3,973,667
Refund Rate 0.40% 0.64%
Amount of Refunded Loans $8,625 $5,731,525
Number of Refunded Loans 6 5,858

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 48.87% 74.98%
Average Loan Size $1,390 $406
Average Individual Loan Size $1,390 $638
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,803
Average number of borrowers per group 0 7.8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $7,600 $5,930
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 18.29% 6.85%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 11.27 days 6.94 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $123.32 $58.56
  Average Loan Term 18.98 months 11.07 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 849 458,296
  Journaling Rate 65.17% 41.63%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.05
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.25

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2014 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 28% PY 21.00% PY 26.53% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) -4.26% -0.4% 0.08%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) 47.80% 46.00% 18.53%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Visar Hana
Zana Nici
Shpresa Qorri
Fatma Rastelica
Arta Spahija
Njomeza Tasha
Natyra Zuna