Hand in Hand Eastern Africa (HiH EA) is a registered, non-governmental organization in Kenya that works in poor, rural and suburban areas where people have little or no access to basic services and resources.
Focusing mainly on reaching women and youth, the organization aims to alleviate poverty through social mobilization as a means for enterprise and job creation, business training, value addition and market linkage support, and access to microfinance services.
A unique lending approach:
HiH EA targets poor, vulnerable individuals, who are living on less than $2 USD per day and are excluded from the existing financial services in poor rural and urban areas.
The organization has developed a 24-week enterprise development-training program that ensures each borrower has basic business and loan management skills prior to receiving a loan. Each loan on Kiva will be an Enterprise Incubation Fund (EIF) loan, which will help borrowers to start or enhance their enterprises.
HiH EA has specifically tried to target the client segment that most financial institutions shy away from in order to give low-income individuals opportunities they otherwise would not have access to. With Kiva’s support, HiH EA will be able to assist vulnerable individuals, particularly women and youth, to develop credit history, improve livelihood, ensure food security and increase income.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jun 25, 2014 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $1,572,650 $1,606,198,795
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $349,375
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 395
Amount of Paying Back Loans $267,825 $163,772,125
Number of Paying Back Loans 1,602 200,162
Amount of Ended Loans $1,304,825 $1,442,077,295
Number of Ended Loans 5,285 1,906,880
Delinquency Rate 2.22% 16.24%
Amount in Arrears $3,496 $16,550,633
Outstanding Portfolio $131,890 $101,936,172
Number of Loans Delinquent 73 49,658
Default Rate 0.03% 1.71%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $333 $24,614,777
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 3 61,388
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.14% 0.40%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $2,156 $7,011,572
Refund Rate 0.21% 0.59%
Amount of Refunded Loans $3,300 $9,477,100
Number of Refunded Loans 6 8,839

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 77.54% 77.44%
Average Loan Size $150 $392
Average Individual Loan Size $150 $600
Average Group Loan Size $482 $1,806
Average number of borrowers per group 3.2 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $1,800 $5,675
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 8.34% 6.91%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 4.85 days 8.07 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $30.93 $48.58
  Average Loan Term 11.99 months 11.36 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 1,008 978,070
  Journaling Rate 17.14% 42.28%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.03
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 0.67

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2017 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 34% APR 36.00% PY 26.56% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 4.08% 0.5% -0.53%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 56.00% 11.35%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Jelimo Bilha
Esther Boke
Evalyne Jebet
Felista Kambua
Samuel Maina
Eucabeth Maneno
Erick Midida
Penina Mueni
George Munene
Alex Mwangi
Daniel Mwaniki
Hellen Mwiti
Simon Thairu
George Wachira
Samuel Wachira
Albert Wambugu
Jane Wamutira