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Status Update - December 12, 2022

Kiva and Specific Union for Farmer Women (SUFW) have ended their partnership after nearly 7 years and $137,025 in loans raised. Borrowers struggled to repay loans due to challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the remaining loans, worth $37,417, have been defaulted. We thank SUFW for the years of collaboration and wish them success in their future endeavors.

Status Update - January 16, 2020

Kiva recently assessed the level of risk associated with loans from this Lending Partner. During this process, our analysts gathered updated operational and financial information about the institution, and analyzed the Lending Partner’s loan products. As a result, The Specific Union for Farmer Women in Jordan's risk rating is now listed as 0.5 stars instead of Experimental.

Partner Description:

The Specific Union for Farmer Women in Jordan was established to raise awareness of the social issues facing rural women in Jordan. These include low standard of living, lack of job opportunities, violence against women, limited access to capital and limited access to education. Due to limited financial literacy, lack of mobility, and lack of collateral, many women do not have access to traditional forms of credit.

To combat these issues, The Specific Union for Farmer Women in Jordan offers training programs as well as loan products to foster financial independence and education. These services are particularly important in the rural areas of Jordan because women are often limited to the domestic sphere, and thereby are unable to gain financial independence.

A unique lending approach:

Most efforts to reduce social inequalities in Jordan take the form of traditional top-down charities that are geared towards health and family planning. The Specific Union for Farmer Women in Jordan provides rural women with capital and training for their businesses and education to improve their own futures. The organization offers both small business loans and educational loans.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Lending Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jun 1, 2015 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $137,025 $1,960,332,725
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $363,745
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 340
Amount of Paying Back Loans $0 $155,574,760
Number of Paying Back Loans 0 179,650
Amount of Ended Loans $137,025 $1,774,353,705
Number of Ended Loans 49 2,381,315
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 11.63%
Amount in Arrears $0 $10,909,601
Outstanding Portfolio $0 $93,825,344
Number of Loans Delinquent 0 45,861
Default Rate 27.31% 1.82%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $37,417 $32,353,274
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 28 84,927
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.49%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $12,023,352
Refund Rate 0.00% 0.54%
Amount of Refunded Loans $0 $10,526,300
Number of Refunded Loans 0 9,596

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Lending Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 100.00% 78.24%
Average Loan Size $2,796 $392
Average Individual Loan Size $2,796 $589
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,892
Average number of borrowers per group 0 8.3
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $6,100 $5,599
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 45.84% 7.00%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 5.83 days 8.93 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $479.80 $43.86
  Average Loan Term 36.71 months 11.47 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Lending Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 1 1,181,163
  Journaling Rate 2.04% 42.24%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.02
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 0.57

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2014 data)

    This Lending Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 6% APR 34.00% PY 27.02% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) -12.03% 6.8% -3.10%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 14.00% 0.00%

Country Fast Facts

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