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 $814,800 $874,960,175
Amount of raised Inactive loans $300 $710,400
Number of raised Inactive loans 1 536
Amount of Paying Back Loans $327,450 $136,648,425
Number of Paying Back Loans 939 167,060
Amount of Ended Loans $487,050 $737,601,350
Number of Ended Loans 1,699 916,439
Delinquency Rate 0.66% 8.46%
Amount in Arrears $1,273 $7,476,165
Outstanding Portfolio $193,653 $88,321,485
Number of Loans Delinquent 16 22,435
Default Rate 0.00% 1.32%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $9,707,641
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 27,160
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.26% 0.44%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $2,149 $3,823,595
Refund Rate 0.39% 0.65%
Amount of Refunded Loans $3,200 $5,700,625
Number of Refunded Loans 5 5,834

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 80.03% 74.90%
Average Loan Size $155 $407
Average Individual Loan Size $161 $640
Average Group Loan Size $474 $1,805
Average number of borrowers per group 3.1 7.8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $1,800 $5,934
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 8.58% 6.86%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 6.73 days 6.92 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $22.94 $58.85
  Average Loan Term 10.89 months 11.06 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 439 447,696
  Journaling Rate 22.61% 41.57%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.05
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.27

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2015 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 34% APR 36.00% PY 26.87% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 27.92% 0.5% -0.78%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 56.00% 18.82%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Jelimo Bilha
Antony Maina
Eucabeth Maneno
Edwin Misati
Penina Mueni
Daniel Mwaniki
John Ndungu
Pauline Ngari
Caroline Ngonge
Anthony Odhiambo
Samuel Wachira
Jane Wamutira
Allan Waweru