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Partner Description: 

Kaebauk Investimentu No Finansas (KIF) is a microfinance institution in East Timor, one of the smallest, newest and least developed countries in Southeast Asia. With 41% of the population living below the poverty line and 70% making less than USD$2.50 a day, the country is in dire need of stable banking. In fact, only about 13% of the population has regular access to financial services.

KIF was launched in 2001 with support from Save the Children, but registered as a separate MFI in 2001 under Catholic Relief Services. Today, it provides financial products to poor rural and urban populations to improve their quality of life and empower women.

With a nationwide presence, KIF provides credit, savings accounts and micro-insurance to more than 7,000 clients -- all of whom are women -- through 11 branches and two field offices. Its goal is to extend its reach into even more remote regions through branchless banking services.

While it focuses primarily on supplying traditional microloans, it plans to expand into remittances, as well as non-financial offerings like agriculture and business development training, financial literacy classes and environmental services. KIF is also piloting an agricultural loan product that won’t require borrowers to repay until after the harvest.

The organization has received support and technical assistance from BASIX India and UNCDF and won the Silver Award for reporting on social parameters from the MIX Market.

KIF has faced and survived extreme challenges, including two consecutive civil wars in 2006 and 2007 that wiped out 13 other microfinance institutions.


Name Change

Kaebauk Investimentu No Finansas, SA was originally known as Tuba Rai Metin. They changed their name in April 2016 when they converted from an NGO to an ODTI (Other Deposit Taking Institution).

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva May 30, 2012 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $2,855,000 $948,590,975
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $375,825
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 261
Amount of Paying Back Loans $557,550 $141,979,900
Number of Paying Back Loans 605 175,166
Amount of Ended Loans $2,297,450 $806,235,250
Number of Ended Loans 2,557 1,011,122
Delinquency Rate 0.87% 8.10%
Amount in Arrears $2,802 $7,468,353
Outstanding Portfolio $323,098 $92,214,717
Number of Loans Delinquent 16 18,720
Default Rate 0.42% 1.40%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $9,660 $11,312,347
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 28 32,567
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.46%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $4,326,176
Refund Rate 0.06% 0.62%
Amount of Refunded Loans $1,600 $5,911,700
Number of Refunded Loans 2 5,950

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 90.47% 75.25%
Average Loan Size $874 $400
Average Individual Loan Size $896 $632
Average Group Loan Size $1,623 $1,765
Average number of borrowers per group 4.5 7.7
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $6,800 $5,889
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 12.85% 6.79%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 7.79 days 6.92 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $112.13 $57.76
  Average Loan Term 12.37 months 11.11 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 90 494,507
  Journaling Rate 3.42% 41.49%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.05
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.18

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2014 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 34% PY 35.00% PY 26.05% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 4.8% 2.4% -0.82%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) 11.00% 12.00% 17.16%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Mamadou Alliou Diallo
Trevor Connolly Carbo
Alexandre De Castro
Mateus Dos Santos
Gregorio Francisco
Natalia Jaquelina do Rosario Ribeiro
Subhash Jindahl
Rui Oliveira
Kamaran Saeed
Adao Sarmento
Angelo Soares