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Takamoto is committed to replacing traditional fuels used for cooking with clean and cost-effective biogas. Almost 90% of rural Kenyans do not have access to electricity, and the large majority of the country's population still relies on traditional fuels such as firewood, charcoal, kerosene. Not only do these fuels cause chronic illness from smoke and soot, but they are also harmful to the environment and increasingly expensive. So far our clients with biogas systems save 45 minutes per day that would have been spent collecting, splitting and lighting firewood. The average family saves 2.7 trees per year and saves 12% on their monthly cooking fuel expense. Farmers no longer have to deal with smokey wood fires that cause 4 million deaths annually.
Takamoto provides Kenyan farmers with a biodigester, piping and a stove. By feeding the biodigester daily with cow or pig manure, the farmers and their families generate biogas for six hours of cooking per day. The biogas systems also produce an organic and nutritious fertilizer which farmers can use on their crops that increases crop yields by 5-42% over using chemical fertilizer alone.
A unique lending approach:
Takamoto Biogas installs home biogas systems using a hire-purchase loan (Lease-to-Own).  This means that farmers make installment payments to obtain full ownership over a period of time.  Hire-purchase loans are usually successful because they protect the borrower from debt; at any time the client can discontinue the contract.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Nov 20, 2014 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $57,600 $873,552,325
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $604,950
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 505
Amount of Paying Back Loans $56,100 $135,603,825
Number of Paying Back Loans 74 165,411
Amount of Ended Loans $1,500 $737,343,550
Number of Ended Loans 2 916,223
Delinquency Rate 12.39% 8.60%
Amount in Arrears $5,622 $7,503,236
Outstanding Portfolio $45,394 $87,267,520
Number of Loans Delinquent 49 22,532
Default Rate 0.00% 1.32%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $9,715,856
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 27,172
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.14% 0.44%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $82 $3,823,595
Refund Rate 1.35% 0.65%
Amount of Refunded Loans $775 $5,700,625
Number of Refunded Loans 1 5,834

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 54.32% 74.90%
Average Loan Size $758 $407
Average Individual Loan Size $758 $640
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,807
Average number of borrowers per group 0 7.8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $1,800 $5,934
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 42.12% 6.87%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 12.14 days 6.92 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $62.45 $58.90
  Average Loan Term 36.19 months 11.05 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 6 446,955
  Journaling Rate 0.00% 41.59%
  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 2014 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 0% APR 36.00% PY 26.87% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 12.8% 0.5% -0.77%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 56.00% 18.82%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Takamoto Biogas
Martin Gitahi
Kyle Schutter
Victoria Wambui

Kiva Fellow(s)

Maelen Haugen