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Partner Description:
NESsT is a nonprofit organization that supports social businesses in emerging market countries with seed funding, business advisory services, access to business mentors and performance management tools. NESsT operates in Central & Eastern Europe and Latin America, with global headquarters located in the United States.
NESsT believes that all people have the right to live and work with dignity. It works to alleviate poverty, income inequality, and other social challenges through entrepreneurial solutions. Since its launch in 1997, NESsT has gained vast experience developing social businesses that provide employment to at-risk communities—either through job creation, job placements, or sustainable income streams generated by improving production processes and market access. NESsT’s portfolio has generated more than 30,000 employment or income opportunities for people with disabilities, disadvantaged youth, ethnic minorities, low-income women, small farmers and producers, and other marginalized communities.
NESsT selects the businesses it supports based on their social impact, leadership, replicability, sustainability, and overall mission fit. It provides financing and support to businesses to develop and validate business ideas, execute their business plans, and increase their social impact through replication or scaling.
A unique lending approach:
Through Kiva, NESsT will supply loans ranging from $2,500 to $50,000. The interest rates will range from 1.5% to 8% depending on the NESsT cost of providing the loans. Loan terms will be between 6 and 120 months.  
NESsT is looking to increase the number and size of its investments to meet the growing needs of the social businesses in its portfolio. Kiva capital will be particularly useful for early-stage, growing businesses.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Apr 8, 2015 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $439,875 $1,451,478,700
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $1,225,950
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 246
Amount of Paying Back Loans $349,950 $148,369,975
Number of Paying Back Loans 10 169,375
Amount of Ended Loans $89,925 $1,301,882,775
Number of Ended Loans 2 1,706,896
Delinquency Rate 8.37% 21.61%
Amount in Arrears $19,250 $20,695,832
Outstanding Portfolio $230,108 $95,757,787
Number of Loans Delinquent 4 72,467
Default Rate 22.63% 1.73%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $20,350 $22,469,414
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 1 54,461
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.40%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $5,838,315
Refund Rate 34.08% 0.63%
Amount of Refunded Loans $149,925 $9,156,125
Number of Refunded Loans 3 8,490

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 18.75% 76.69%
Average Loan Size $39,320 $395
Average Individual Loan Size $39,320 $610
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,774
Average number of borrowers per group 0 7.8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $54,800 $5,729
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 71.75% 6.89%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 10.72 days 7.45 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $3,666.52 $53.02
  Average Loan Term 50.12 months 11.37 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 24 912,350
  Journaling Rate 100.00% 43.89%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.03
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 0.70

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2017 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 8% APR N/A 25.38% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 8.82% N/A -1.40%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A N/A 12.34%

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Field Partner Staff

Loic Comolli
Nicole Etchart
Barbara Kyle
Jenny Medina