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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 $2,150,750 $874,644,300
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $720,425
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 539
Amount of Paying Back Loans $550,200 $136,368,450
Number of Paying Back Loans 409 166,564
Amount of Ended Loans $1,600,550 $737,555,425
Number of Ended Loans 1,131 916,395
Delinquency Rate 0.23% 8.50%
Amount in Arrears $794 $7,484,970
Outstanding Portfolio $349,500 $88,021,318
Number of Loans Delinquent 7 22,477
Default Rate 1.74% 1.32%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $27,918 $9,710,817
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 49 27,169
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 1.86% 0.44%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $40,097 $3,823,595
Refund Rate 0.32% 0.65%
Amount of Refunded Loans $6,950 $5,700,625
Number of Refunded Loans 5 5,834

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 49.04% 74.90%
Average Loan Size $1,397 $407
Average Individual Loan Size $1,397 $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 $7,600 $5,934
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 18.38% 6.87%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 11.27 days 6.92 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $123.88 $58.87
  Average Loan Term 18.96 months 11.05 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 832 447,205
  Journaling Rate 65.86% 41.58%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 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 28% PY 21.00% PY 26.87% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) -4.26% -0.4% -0.78%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) 47.80% 46.00% 18.82%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

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