Partner Description:

Agora Partnerships is a nonprofit organization that works with early-stage social businesses across Latin America that are too large to be considered microenterprises, but too small for investments from traditional financing institutions. These for-profit businesses are finding innovative ways to solve social and environmental challenges. They lack access to the knowledge, networks, and capital they need to grow their businesses and their impact.
Agora supports these businesses through the Agora Accelerator, an 8 month program in which selected businesses receive customized consulting services focused on driving investment into the company, access to a global community of investors, mentors, and peers, and opportunities to network with and pitch to investors. Agora has facilitated more than 14.5 million in financing to dozens of businesses that have participated in their Accelerator program.       
A unique lending approach:

Through funding on Kiva, Agora Partnerships will be able to directly provide loans to some of the companies it supports. Loans will range from traditional short-term working capital loans to encourage growth and sustainability to more innovative longer term and cash flow/revenue based lending products customized to the particular needs of the companies.
Some of the loans will also include an “in-kind” community reinvestment so that the borrowers can reinvest funds in their communities. The latter is based on a model that has been successfully implemented by Agora Partnerships for one of its partners in Nicaragua.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva May 5, 2015 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $155,000 $910,841,675
Amount of raised Inactive loans $30,000 $1,414,725
Number of raised Inactive loans 1 1,374
Amount of Paying Back Loans $105,000 $137,653,725
Number of Paying Back Loans 3 166,702
Amount of Ended Loans $20,000 $771,773,225
Number of Ended Loans 1 965,010
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 8.67%
Amount in Arrears $0 $7,711,499
Outstanding Portfolio $87,112 $88,945,335
Number of Loans Delinquent 0 21,563
Default Rate 0.00% 1.35%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $10,384,180
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 29,512
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.46%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $4,150,252
Refund Rate 0.00% 0.64%
Amount of Refunded Loans $0 $5,827,650
Number of Refunded Loans 0 5,888

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 60.00% 75.02%
Average Loan Size $31,000 $404
Average Individual Loan Size $31,000 $636
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,790
Average number of borrowers per group 0 7.8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $11,100 $5,917
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 279.28% 6.83%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 13.26 days 6.97 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $2,338.03 $57.97
  Average Loan Term 21.4 months 11.09 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 3 472,118
  Journaling Rate 100.00% 41.75%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.05
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.22

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2015 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 8% APR N/A 26.49% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 13.3% N/A 0.07%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A N/A 18.04%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Maria Duarte