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Status Update – August 11, 2015
Kiva has moved this Field Partner to inactive status. This means that SPIRE is no longer fundraising loans on Kiva, though Kiva fully expects the partner to continue to send repayments owed to Kiva lenders for as long as the partner has an outstanding balance. This partner is currently inactive because they are focusing on a new strategy and taking time to develop a new type of loan. If and when this partner requests to fundraise again on Kiva, Kiva will first conduct any additional monitoring and due diligence tasks we believe necessary.

Partner Description:

In Kenya, unemployment among new university graduates is about 40%. Spire was founded as a social enterprise to address this issue and help graduates obtain jobs.  One of the ways the organization does this is an education-to-employment course called the Career Accelerator program.

The curriculum, designed through consultation with employers, enables graduates to complement their academic training with professional skills such as business communication, leadership and sales. Spire also facilitates access to employer networks to help them find a job that matches both their interests and qualifications. By bridging the gap between conventional education and the professional world, Spire's Career Accelerator programme contributes to fighting graduate unemployment. About 95% of the graduates from the 6-week programme have received a job offer within 3 months.

A unique lending approach:

Education loans will help eligible students to finance and participate in the career accelerator program. Applicants are selected using a combination of aptitude testing, in-person interviews and academic grades.  Loans cover tuition fees as well as administrative/operational costs.


Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Mar 12, 2015 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $17,050 $874,211,875
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $705,675
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 526
Amount of Paying Back Loans $6,850 $136,049,800
Number of Paying Back Loans 22 165,997
Amount of Ended Loans $10,200 $737,456,400
Number of Ended Loans 24 916,276
Delinquency Rate 100.00% 8.55%
Amount in Arrears $5,848 $7,496,222
Outstanding Portfolio $5,848 $87,693,474
Number of Loans Delinquent 22 22,519
Default Rate 93.34% 1.32%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $9,521 $9,715,330
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 23 27,173
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.29% 0.44%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $50 $3,823,595
Refund Rate 0.00% 0.65%
Amount of Refunded Loans $0 $5,700,625
Number of Refunded Loans 0 5,834

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 47.83% 74.90%
Average Loan Size $371 $408
Average Individual Loan Size $371 $640
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,806
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) 20.59% 6.87%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 1.22 days 6.92 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $304.46 $58.88
  Average Loan Term 11 months 11.05 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 0 447,150
  Journaling Rate 0.00% 41.58%
  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) N/A 0.5% -0.78%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 56.00% 18.82%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Jenn Cotter
Travis Kotecco
Lilian Saoke
Anne Stoehr