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Status Update — February 3, 2017

Due to economic difficulties and hyperinflation in Suriname, SEVA Microfinance Institute is facing cash flow issues and has failed to meet its payment obligations to Kiva lenders since August 2016. The partnership has been paused as our team works with them to develop a repayment plan for the amount owed to Kiva lenders. We will post more information to this page as it becomes available.

Partner Description:

Seva Network Foundation (Seva NL) is an international organization based in the Netherlands that promotes entrepreneurship in poor and marginalized communities in developing countries. Additionally, Seva NL works with diaspora communities in the Netherlands who are interested in starting businesses in their countries of origin.

Seva NL created Stichting Seva Micro Finance Institute (Seva MFI) in 2004 in Suriname. The original objective was to conduct a project called “Silent Poverty, the forgotten workers of Nickerie and Saramacca” following the closure of the important Surland farm in 2002, which resulted in 5,000 workers being laid off.

Suriname’s districts of Nickerie and Saramacca are home to the country’s traditional granaries – these fertile coastlands mainly produce rice and bananas. Seva NL started investigating potential microcredit needs in these districts, which led to the creation of Seva MFI in 2009 for rice farmers in the district of Nickerie.

Seva NL also actively supports the Millennium Development Goals by working toward sustainable poverty reduction worldwide. To that end, Seva NL carries out projects in areas of education, microfinance, agricultural development and community-building in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. This explains the origination of Seva MFI in Suriname.

Kiva lenders’ funds expand Seva MFI's outreach to rice farmers in the Nickerie district in Suriname, where the organization focuses its activities.

A unique lending approach:

Suriname’s microfinance sector is poorly developed, and rural borrowers are often deemed too risky by traditional financial institutions to get access to financial resources. Seva MFI has entered this underserved market with loans that enable farmers to purchase pesticides, fertilizer, farming tools and equipment.

Seva MFIs goal is to help these vulnerable farmers become sustainable and successful entrepreneurs who can eventually qualify for commercial loans through banks. Moving forward, Seva MFI also intends to progressively “move inland” and reach out to other financially excluded and geographically isolated populations located in Suriname’s Amazon rain forest.

Seva MFI concentrates its lending activities in the Nickerie district. The organization is quite small in size; it currently has one office based in Nieuw Nickerie staffed with one coordinator and two loan officers. Their job is to assess financial needs for rice farmers in the area in order to purchase tools, equipment and fertilizer for the sowing season. In 2012, they successfully disbursed over 650 loans.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jul 17, 2013 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $692,550 $921,511,975
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $560,625
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 294
Amount of Paying Back Loans $92,500 $138,527,850
Number of Paying Back Loans 49 168,403
Amount of Ended Loans $600,050 $782,423,500
Number of Ended Loans 225 979,217
Delinquency Rate 92.77% 8.60%
Amount in Arrears $63,535 $7,660,357
Outstanding Portfolio $68,483 $89,071,785
Number of Loans Delinquent 48 21,812
Default Rate 3.03% 1.37%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $18,199 $10,710,868
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 9 30,594
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 8.61% 0.46%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $59,621 $4,207,405
Refund Rate 2.32% 0.63%
Amount of Refunded Loans $16,100 $5,839,875
Number of Refunded Loans 5 5,905

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 8.36% 75.08%
Average Loan Size $2,540 $403
Average Individual Loan Size $2,540 $635
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,782
Average number of borrowers per group 0 7.8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $16,700 $5,909
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 15.21% 6.82%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 14.3 days 6.96 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $177.61 $57.84
  Average Loan Term 9.52 months 11.1 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 151 478,905
  Journaling Rate 55.17% 41.63%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.05
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.21

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2014 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 14% PY 15.00% PY 26.13% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 5.9% 0.4% -0.06%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 37.00% 17.82%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Rashrie Bahoran
Radj Bhondoe
Arwien Nibar