There are 12 million farmers in Myanmar who make up more than a third of the labor force. The majority of these farmers lack access to formal credit that fits their needs. This results in a huge unmet demand for rural, small farming loans.
Proximity Designs is a non-profit social enterprise that offers loan products to help small farmers increase productivity. Proximity Designs also develops and distributes agricultural technology to rural farmers. The organization has a national distribution network that reaches 80% of the rural population.
A unique lending approach:
Proximity Designs offers loans to farmers with small landholdings, averaging about six acres. The loans help finance the purchase of irrigation processes, seeds, tools, small equipment and labor.

Proximity Designs offers its loans through Village Lending Groups (VLGs) who assist loan officers in each village with customer selection, loan disbursement and collection. The average VLG includes 48 members.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jul 31, 2014 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $2,702,925 $976,351,475
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $327,900
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 187
Amount of Paying Back Loans $828,725 $148,689,500
Number of Paying Back Loans 868 185,909
Amount of Ended Loans $1,874,200 $827,334,075
Number of Ended Loans 589 1,040,066
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 8.07%
Amount in Arrears $0 $7,850,595
Outstanding Portfolio $789,769 $97,328,870
Number of Loans Delinquent 0 19,643
Default Rate 0.00% 1.39%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $11,517,921
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 33,035
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 1.80% 0.45%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $48,687 $4,428,501
Refund Rate 0.70% 0.61%
Amount of Refunded Loans $18,900 $5,970,900
Number of Refunded Loans 5 5,987

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 55.71% 75.40%
Average Loan Size $523 $399
Average Individual Loan Size $3,383 $629
Average Group Loan Size $909 $1,760
Average number of borrowers per group 5.2 7.7
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $1,700 $5,874
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 30.78% 6.79%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 11.53 days 6.9 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $45.37 $57.77
  Average Loan Term 10.42 months 11.13 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 160 510,212
  Journaling Rate 21.60% 41.50%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.05
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.15

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2015 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 30% PY N/A 26.13% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 12.3% N/A -1.27%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A N/A 16.60%

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Field Partner Staff

Elizabeth Espinar
Jon Hiebert
Sohee Hyung
Lal Chuang Kim
Meera Neupane
Seinn Nwe Oo
Nang Nway Wai Phyo