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Status Update - February 25, 2019 

Kiva and Nuru Energy have agreed to end their partnership and default the remaining loans, due to lower than predicted household spending on energy and the devaluation of the Rwandan franc to USD. These factors prevented  Nuru Energy from reaching financial sustainability or servicing their debts. Nuru Energy has wound down operations in Rwanda and is undergoing severe restructuring as they try to find a way forward. While the loan was not a success from a repayment perspective, to-date, Nuru with the support of Kiva lenders have set-up 2083 village level entrepreneurs across East Africa, each of whom is receiving a substantial boost to their incomes. Through this VLE network, Nuru with the support of Kiva lenders have provided clean energy access to 165,441 households, most if not all, living the below the poverty line. Nuru has provided Kiva with an extensive “lessons learned” summary and Kiva will be applying this knowledge in future partnerships with enterprises working on energy access for low income households.

Partner description:

Nuru Energy is a global social enterprise dedicated to providing subsistence level households with access to clean energy. Most households earn below the poverty line of less than $1.50 per day.  
With support from the World Bank and the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund, Nuru Energy has developed an easy-to-use, portable pay-as-you-go (PAYG) recharging platform, the Octopus Charger, that uses both solar and human energy to recharge any USB device, including mobile phones, tablets and lights.
Village-level entrepreneurs (VLEs) use the Octopus Charger to operate a recharging business, recharging their community's mobile phones and lights for a fee. Before the Octopus Charger can operate, it must be credited with activation units that the VLE purchases from Nuru via mobile money. One activation unit recharges any USB device, including any mobile phone. It’s through the ongoing purchases of these activation units that Nuru collects a portion of the VLE's recharge revenue, thereby allowing the VLE to pay down their Kiva loan.
Nuru's approach gives villagers quick, affordable access to clean energy at a centralized point within their village and allows households to consume as much or as little energy as they need and, more importantly, can afford.
Nuru Energy currently has over 1200 VLEs serving more than 120,000 families throughout East Africa, including over 800 VLEs in Rwanda alone. 
For its efforts, Nuru Energy has received over 20 global awards, including the prestigious 2010 UNEP Sasakawa Prize, the 2010 UNDP World Business and Development Award and African Social Enterprise of the Year by the World Economic Forum/Schwab Foundation.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Lending Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jan 8, 2013 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $82,175 $1,958,300,470
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $202,845
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 165
Amount of Paying Back Loans $0 $160,872,085
Number of Paying Back Loans 0 188,297
Amount of Ended Loans $82,175 $1,768,236,180
Number of Ended Loans 468 2,370,020
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 12.24%
Amount in Arrears $0 $12,206,242
Outstanding Portfolio $0 $99,725,561
Number of Loans Delinquent 0 72,811
Default Rate 62.98% 1.83%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $51,750 $32,298,216
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 264 84,743
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.50%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $11,931,838
Refund Rate 0.18% 0.54%
Amount of Refunded Loans $150 $10,526,300
Number of Refunded Loans 2 9,596

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Lending Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 24.20% 78.22%
Average Loan Size $140 $392
Average Individual Loan Size $162 $589
Average Group Loan Size $275 $1,891
Average number of borrowers per group 3.2 8.3
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $1,700 $5,599
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 8.21% 7.00%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 2.03 days 8.93 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $68.70 $43.87
  Average Loan Term 26.25 months 11.47 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Lending Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 78 1,178,470
  Journaling Rate 12.39% 42.26%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.02
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 0.57

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2017 data)

    This Lending Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 0% APR 31.00% PY 27.02% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) -3% -3.2% -3.10%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 81.00% 0.00%

Country Fast Facts

Lending Partner Staff

Mario Ariza