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El Buen Socio is an ethical microfinance institution in Mexico that promotes sustainable development by strengthening people’s capabilities and supporting entrepreneurs with sustainable businesses.
The organization issues loans to fund productive projects that have a positive social and environmental impact including farming, forestry, or fishing activities that are done in an eco-friendly way.
A unique lending approach:
El Buen Socio issues loans to fund productive and sustainable projects. An entrepreneur who is unable to obtain a loan through other banking institutions leads each project. El Buen Socio supports entrepreneurs who farm, forest, or fish in an eco-friendly way with sustainable use of natural resources. All loan proposals must have a positive social or environmental impact, and must be profitable.
In addition to loans, El Buen Socio provides financial education training, opportunities to connect with new markets and help with business model planning. With Kiva’s support, El Buen Socio will serve a population not considered by traditional banking due to their socio-economic status.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Apr 10, 2014 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $110,650 $863,833,075
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $389,950
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 242
Amount of Paying Back Loans $46,125 $136,676,100
Number of Paying Back Loans 15 165,975
Amount of Ended Loans $64,525 $726,767,025
Number of Ended Loans 19 902,827
Delinquency Rate 18.50% 8.24%
Amount in Arrears $6,119 $7,300,766
Outstanding Portfolio $33,076 $88,598,068
Number of Loans Delinquent 3 22,298
Default Rate 18.23% 1.32%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $11,764 $9,621,719
Amount of Ended Loans $64,525 $726,767,025
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 3 26,679
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 2.00% 0.43%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $2,211 $3,748,457
Refund Rate 0.00% 0.64%
Amount of Refunded Loans $0 $5,544,100
Number of Refunded Loans 0 5,818

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 35.29% 74.85%
Average Loan Size $3,254 $408
Average Individual Loan Size $3,254 $641
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,805
Average number of borrowers per group 0 7.8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $15,600 $5,937
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 20.86% 6.86%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 5.75 days 6.9 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $566.35 $59.06
  Average Loan Term 12.97 months 11.04 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 29 438,820
  Journaling Rate 95.65% 41.47%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.05
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.29

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2015 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 20% APR 74.00% PY 27.39% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) -4.85% 1% -0.64%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 4.00% 19.18%

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Field Partner Staff

Karla Breceda
Maria Luisa Chavez
Mauricio Mondragon