Kiva conducts regular," ongoing monitoring "of all Field Partners, but only posts status updates here"in response to relevant,"major changes at the"partner. " Status update ? April 25, 2017 Kiva and Grameen Foundation AppLab have agreed to end their partnership after nearly 5 years and $170,050 in loans raised. Grameen Foundation AppLab joined Kiva with the purpose of financing its Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) initiative, which aimed to build a network of ?farmer leaders? across Uganda by"equipping them to use mobile devices to share expert agricultural information with their small-holder farmer neighbors, connect with markets and generate more income. When the program was conceptualized in 2009, few mobile tools for agriculture existed in the market. While Grameen tested several business, operating and technology models, after 5 years, they determined that there wasn?t a clear business model for an independent network of agents delivering agricultural information services and felt the CKW program was no longer filling a gap. They closed the their program in March 2016. Kiva has defaulted the remaining $4,068 in outstanding loans as no further recovery is expected. Grameen Foundation AppLab thanks lenders for their support in helping to test this initiative, which they?ve used to help shape the backbone of their global mobile agricultural strategy around the globe in countries including Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Philippines, and Indonesia." Status update ? May 5, 2015 Kiva has moved this Field Partner to inactive status. This means Grameen Foundation AppLab is no longer fundraising loans on Kiva, though Kiva fully expects the partner to continue to send repayments owed to Kiva lenders for as long as the partner has an outstanding balance. This partner is currently inactive because they are focusing"on a new strategy in 2015 and taking time to develop a new type of loan."If and when this partner requests to fundraise again on Kiva, Kiva will first conduct any additional monitoring and due diligence tasks we believe necessary. " " Partner description: " Grameen Foundation Application Laboratories ( AppLab ) is an anti-poverty technology program run by Grameen Foundation , a major global nonprofit that helps the world?s poorest people -- especially women -- improve their lives and escape poverty by providing access to financial services, life-changing information, and unique income-generating opportunities. " Grameen Foundation believes that barriers to information and services related to health, finance, agriculture, job opportunities, etc. perpetuate poverty. By leveraging the power of mobile phones to both share and collect information, the AppLab program aims to expand opportunity and improve people?s lives in rural and developing regions. " Through its Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) initiative, AppLab is building a network of ?farmer leaders? across Uganda who use mobile devices to share expert agricultural information with their small-holder farmer neighbors living on less than $2 a day. These peer-nominated point people also collect information from these farmers through phone based surveys. " This initiative has several goals: " - To reduce the costs of adopting new agricultural practices. - To empower organizations serving farmers to better meet their needs. - To improve farmers? crop yields and incomes. " The CKWs are paid small monthly salaries based on the number of information searches and surveys they complete. These salaries add to -- and sometimes even double -- the amount that the CKWs earn as smallholder farmers themselves. " Grameen Foundation works with a number of agricultural organizations to package agricultural information accessible through mobile phones, using menu-based search tools, simple language and illustrative graphics. This information includes market prices, treatments for crop and animal diseases, weather forecasts, supplier contacts and more. The program also works with poverty-focused organizations (including government agencies and NGOs) to develop surveys that can help improve and expand support services for farmers. " Kiva loans will be used to fund CKWs? startup costs. Borrowers will receive in-kind loans in the form of business kits containing smartphones, batteries, charging devices and weighing scales for crops. The latter two items enable CKWs to earn extra income by providing additional services to farmers. Combined with training, these tools are all CKWs need to get started and earn revenue. " Kiva funding will enable AppLab to redirect its resources to expansion efforts, which will increase the number of CKWs, strengthen operations in the field and invest in future offerings like mobile money transfers. AppLab hopes to turn Uganda into a hub for deploying similar agricultural information programs in other markets. Kiva?s zero-interest capital could give AppLab the boost it needs to make this happen. " The infrastructure used to support AppLab?s efforts is the result of a collaborative effort for more than five years between Grameen Foundation, Google and MTN-Uganda. The program also draws support from the U.N. World Food Program and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. " Grameen Foundation is supportive of the Smart Campaign and the client protection principles that have emerged from its work. It has built them into their due diligence and partner vetting processes. It has also supported the campaign through being a founding member of the Microfinance CEO's Working Group, putting the campaign?s principles at the center of its advocacy efforts. Grameen remains unable to formally endorse the Smart Campaign because it feels that it does not go far enough in a few areas, including as responsible pricing. Discussions on these outstanding issues are ongoing with Smart Campaign leadership.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Nov 6, 2012 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $170,050 $1,758,239,665
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $441,550
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 132
Amount of Paying Back Loans $0 $163,202,810
Number of Paying Back Loans 0 193,982
Amount of Ended Loans $170,050 $1,591,353,280
Number of Ended Loans 600 2,108,808
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 15.34%
Amount in Arrears $0 $15,585,726
Outstanding Portfolio $0 $101,609,202
Number of Loans Delinquent 0 72,330
Default Rate 2.55% 1.70%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $4,341 $26,998,026
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 91 70,224
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 7.51% 0.46%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $12,777 $9,202,644
Refund Rate 6.95% 0.57%
Amount of Refunded Loans $11,825 $9,961,195
Number of Refunded Loans 43 9,182

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 35.61% 77.81%
Average Loan Size $283 $389
Average Individual Loan Size $283 $594
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,839
Average number of borrowers per group 0 8.2
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $1,800 $5,628
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 15.71% 6.90%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 3.25 days 8.44 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $87.07 $46.05
  Average Loan Term 34.87 months 11.38 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 3 1,071,973
  Journaling Rate 0.50% 42.48%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.03
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 0.62

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2009 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 0% APR 57.00% PY 26.11% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) N/A 4.5% 0.00%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 61.00% 0.00%

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