Status update — November 17, 2017
After 4 years, Kiva and Microfy have agreed to end their partnership. Although Microfy will be continuing their work supporting the asylum seeking community in Israel, they will no longer be focusing on lending. This Field Partner has repaid its outstanding balance to Kiva in full, and these funds have been distributed to lenders. We thank Microfy for the years of collaboration and wish them success in their future endeavors.

Status update — October 20, 2017
Kiva has moved this Field Partner to inactive status. This means Microfy is no longer fundraising loans on Kiva. Microfy has concluded that loans are no longer the best way to support the asylum community they work with in Israel and as a result will be focusing on other core programming and less on lending moving forward. 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
Microfy is a not-for-profit organization in Israel that assists African asylum seekers and refugees living in Israel. The organization supports asylum seekers in entrepreneurship and business development.
 
Most of the refugees Microfy assists are from Sudan and Eritrea and faced religious and political persecution in their home countries. Disappearances of citizens and use of torture by the government was a common reality for many of these individuals. Others are survivors of the violent conflict in the Darfur region, where they faced ongoing violence and attacks by the government and armed militia groups.
 
Microfy works in many grey areas due to the legal status of asylum seekers in Israel. One risk lenders should be aware of is the risk of detention of asylum seekers by Israeli authorities.

A unique lending approach
Microfy focuses its work in south Tel Aviv, where around 40,000 asylum seekers have settled. Due to their complicated legal status inside of Israel, asylum seekers cannot receive formal credit from banks or other Israeli microfinance institutions, as these organizations only loan to Israeli citizens.
 
To address the difficult circumstances asylum seekers face, Microfy offers business training, technical assistance/support, financial resources and small business start-up loans.
 
Because few organizations are willing to provide funding for loans to African asylum seekers, Microfy’s portfolio and growth has remained small. Kiva funding will enable Microfy to increase the number of asylum seekers they serve, as demand for loans far exceeds their capacity. 

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jul 10, 2014 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $15,575 $1,331,337,875
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $563,800
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 742
Amount of Paying Back Loans $0 $148,394,175
Number of Paying Back Loans 0 196,083
Amount of Ended Loans $15,575 $1,182,379,900
Number of Ended Loans 6 1,522,146
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 10.32%
Amount in Arrears $0 $9,760,879
Outstanding Portfolio $0 $94,575,562
Number of Loans Delinquent 0 55,435
Default Rate 13.26% 1.75%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $2,065 $20,648,081
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 1 50,344
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.62% 0.39%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $96 $5,194,263
Refund Rate 0.00% 0.59%
Amount of Refunded Loans $0 $7,883,225
Number of Refunded Loans 0 7,778

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 83.33% 76.40%
Average Loan Size $2,596 $394
Average Individual Loan Size $2,596 $609
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,761
Average number of borrowers per group 0 7.7
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $36,200 $5,776
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 7.17% 6.82%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 0.93 days 7.13 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $2,786.05 $55.26
  Average Loan Term 10.33 months 11.34 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 4 789,946
  Journaling Rate 66.67% 43.14%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.03
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 0.81

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2016 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 0% APR N/A 25.36% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) N/A N/A -1.98%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A N/A 12.96%

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