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 — May 1, 2018
After several months of collection efforts from both Kiva and an external debt collection agency to help retrieve the outstanding balance with YBSVG, we’ve decided to default the remaining $40,030 due to Kiva lenders. Kiva’s present assessment is that this Field Partner is unwilling to make further payments. If Kiva is able to recover any additional funds from YBSVG, they will be applied to lenders' accounts on a pro-rata basis.

Status update — February 5, 2018
In July 2017, Kiva contracted the services of an external debt collection agency to help retrieve its outstanding balance with YBSVG. While this agency was able to make contact with the partner, they have made no progress in collecting the amount owed. Kiva and the collection agency intend to pursue their collection efforts for the remainder of the year, and Kiva will move forward with defaulting the outstanding amount if no progress has been made by year-end.

Status update — July 11, 2017

Kiva has contracted the services of an external debt collection agency to help retrieve its outstanding balance with YBSVG. This agency has made contact with the partner and as we know more about the likelihood of recovery of the amount owed, we will provide more details on this page.

Status update — November 8, 2016

YBSVG has been unresponsive to Kiva’s requests to send payments. We’re currently reviewing several recourses at our disposal in order to retrieve the amount owed to Kiva lenders and will provide more detailed information as soon as we have a next steps in place. 

Status update — April 18, 2016

YBSVG is having some difficulties making payments back to Kiva, however Kiva remains in constant communication with the organization’s management. As soon as we are able to define with YBSVG the correct course of action in order to retrieve payments and have more detailed information to share with lenders, we will post it to this page. 

Partner Description:
Youth Business St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a non-profit organization that was established in 2012 to address the level of poverty, unemployment and underemployment among youth in country.

The organization offers business loans, in addition to business planning help, mentoring, and accounting and money management advice. It targets youth who otherwise would not be able to acquire a loan or access funding due to their personal circumstances, social status or lack of collateral.
A unique lending approach:
YBSVG assists disadvantaged youth, including former convicted criminals, youth who live in abject poverty, those living with a physically disability, and many who could not complete schooling. Each loan issued by YBSVG is intended to help entrepreneurs start their businesses. A low interest rate of 7-12% and loan duration of up to 5 years make the organization’s loans accessible and flexible. With Kiva’s support, YBSVG will be able to expand their current credit program, keep up with demand, and provide disadvantaged youth with more opportunities.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jun 16, 2014 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $49,225 $1,587,499,170
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $426,700
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 155
Amount of Paying Back Loans $49,225 $167,699,020
Number of Paying Back Loans 16 205,385
Amount of Ended Loans $0 $1,419,373,450
Number of Ended Loans 0 1,873,776
Delinquency Rate 91.37% 17.33%
Amount in Arrears $36,577 $18,633,133
Outstanding Portfolio $0 $107,519,133
Number of Loans Delinquent 16 84,888
Default Rate 0.00% 1.70%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $24,144,827
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 60,140
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.40%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $6,908,865
Refund Rate 0.00% 0.60%
Amount of Refunded Loans $0 $9,457,725
Number of Refunded Loans 0 8,817

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 50.00% 77.40%
Average Loan Size $3,077 $392
Average Individual Loan Size $3,077 $602
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,797
Average number of borrowers per group 0 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $10,900 $5,685
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 28.23% 6.90%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 0.48 days 8.05 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $6,373.69 $48.69
  Average Loan Term 34.85 months 11.35 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 16 967,953
  Journaling Rate 100.00% 42.42%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.03
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 0.68

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2015 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 7% APR N/A 26.61% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) N/A N/A -0.38%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A N/A 11.35%

Country Fast Facts

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