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Partner description:
Dr. Bronner’s is a top-selling U.S. manufacturer of organic and Fair Trade body care and culinary oils with company roots that can be traced back to 1858, in southern Germany. Dr. Bronner’s makes its products almost entirely from agricultural materials – specifically, coconut, olive, palm, hemp, and jojoba oils.
In 2003, the company decided to take on more active management of its supply chain and the resulting social and environmental conditions. The company first went organic then recognized full transparency of the supply chain could only be met by taking on more active management of its supply chain on the ground.
Dr. Bronner’s created Serendiworld to manage the sourcing and supply of its raw materials from organic and Fair Trade projects, and Serendiworld now manages several organic and Fair Trade companies in Ghana, Sri Lanka, India and Kenya. All Serendiworld projects are  inspected and certified organic to U.S. and EU standards and are also certified Fair Trade by IMO under the Fair for Life program.
Loans funded on Kiva will be disbursed to farmers by Serendipalm, Serendiworld’s Ghanaian subsidiary. Serendipalm supplies Dr. Bronner’s with  organic and Fair Trade palm oil, a primary ingredient in the brand’s bar soaps. Serendipalm is now a large community employer in the Eastern Region of Ghana, working with more than 670 family farms and producing more than 500 metric tons of organic palm oil every year.
Serendipalm is the world’s first Fair Trade and organic palm oil project that works exclusively with smallholder farmers. The company pays farmers an organic premium and also provides inputs and organic agricultural training.
Through a Fair Trade premium received from its customers Serendipalm has financed numerous community development projects targeting clean water, education, infrastructure and worker’s welfare.
A unique lending approach:
Serendipalm offers 0% interest loans to small-holder farmers to purchase more productive palm oil varieties. Once trees produce fruits, about 3-4 years after planting, Serendipalm will purchase and process the palm fruits, guaranteeing the purchase of the farmers’ harvests and offering them long-term markets. Kiva financing will enable Serendipalm to offer more loans and increase the production of palm oil on organic and Fair Trade terms.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Apr 14, 2015 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $59,850 $874,960,175
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $710,400
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 536
Amount of Paying Back Loans $52,325 $136,648,425
Number of Paying Back Loans 221 167,060
Amount of Ended Loans $7,525 $737,601,350
Number of Ended Loans 113 916,439
Delinquency Rate 0.28% 8.46%
Amount in Arrears $107 $7,476,165
Outstanding Portfolio $38,291 $88,321,485
Number of Loans Delinquent 24 22,435
Default Rate 0.00% 1.32%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $9,707,641
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 27,160
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.44%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $3,823,595
Refund Rate 4.01% 0.65%
Amount of Refunded Loans $2,400 $5,700,625
Number of Refunded Loans 13 5,834

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 22.88% 74.90%
Average Loan Size $179 $407
Average Individual Loan Size $179 $640
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,805
Average number of borrowers per group 0 7.8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $3,500 $5,934
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 5.13% 6.86%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 2.18 days 6.92 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $82.32 $58.85
  Average Loan Term 17.5 months 11.06 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 64 447,522
  Journaling Rate 31.00% 41.57%
  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 53.00% PY 26.87% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 6.8% 0.3% -0.78%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 13.00% 18.82%

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Field Partner Staff

Trudy Bronner
Kris Lin-Bronner
Rafi Loiederman
Les Szabo
Christina Volgyesi
Dickson Wenyonu