Soluz Honduras is a social and environmental enterprise committed to increasing energy access for Hondurans using solar technology. By distributing solar products and related financing to provide affordable clean electricity, Soluz Honduras contributes to economic development while protecting the environment.
 
Established in 1994, Soluz Honduras is a pioneer in solar rural electrification and has provided solar electric systems and related financing to tens of thousands of rural households, enterprises, and community facilities (schools, clinics, and community centers).
 
A unique lending approach:
 
Honduras has the second lowest electrification rate in Latin America after Haiti, with 28% of households and 44% of schools lacking access to electricity. Soluz Honduras provides loans for the following borrowers:
 
·      Individual households or businesses for the purchase of solar products tailored for their needs and budget.
·      Micro-entrepreneurs to finance solar product inventory to help them build their own solar product distribution businesses.
 
Kiva funding will help Soluz Honduras expand its credit program to serve deeper into the base of the economic pyramid and to open up new markets for solar products that serve the poor. 

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jun 21, 2014 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $774,225 $1,512,510,575
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $566,025
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 283
Amount of Paying Back Loans $320,150 $160,247,100
Number of Paying Back Loans 158 198,441
Amount of Ended Loans $454,075 $1,351,697,450
Number of Ended Loans 562 1,774,608
Delinquency Rate 3.86% 20.63%
Amount in Arrears $8,790 $21,164,391
Outstanding Portfolio $209,455 $102,586,582
Number of Loans Delinquent 55 98,004
Default Rate 0.14% 1.75%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $643 $23,589,578
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 3 58,753
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.03% 0.40%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $199 $6,348,424
Refund Rate 0.30% 0.62%
Amount of Refunded Loans $2,300 $9,364,100
Number of Refunded Loans 1 8,695

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 36.36% 77.00%
Average Loan Size $1,068 $393
Average Individual Loan Size $1,079 $605
Average Group Loan Size $213 $1,776
Average number of borrowers per group 4 7.9
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $4,800 $5,701
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 22.25% 6.89%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 3.19 days 7.84 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $334.75 $50.09
  Average Loan Term 13.65 months 11.36 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 656 936,369
  Journaling Rate 100.00% 42.95%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.03
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 0.69

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2017 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 18% APR 36.00% PY 28.14% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 3.5% 2.2% -0.56%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 41.00% 11.61%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Isabel Chavez
Richard Hansen
Alejandro Lobo
Paola Rodriguez