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Status Update: August 15, 2018

Kiva granted ACE a grace period on payments owed to Kiva lenders since they were not allowed to fundraise between April and July due to high delinquency. ACE has remained in contact with Kiva as they worked to improve their credit processes and has been allowed to resume fundraising.


Partner Description:

African Clean Energy (ACE) is a family-owned social enterprise, which manufactures and sells innovative cookstoves in Lesotho, as well as exports them further abroad. The company designs highly efficient cookstoves that burn smokelessly and use about 50-70% less fuel than traditional cookstoves. The solar-charged cookstoves also feature a unique USB port for charging phones and running LED lamps.

ACE cookstoves are regarded as one of the highest quality cookstoves on the market, which reduce emissions enough to yield health benefits. The organization has also started a donation program to provide cookstoves to underage orphans in Lesotho who have lost both of their parents to HIV/AIDS.

A unique lending approach:

Kiva funding would allow ACE to expand its existing loan program for customers to purchase cookstoves. The company offers the loans to groups of 10+ individuals from suburban and rural communities. Each loan requires a down payment of 25%.

ACE would also like to offer longer loan terms starting in Lesotho and then expanding into the more rural areas of South Africa, where communities are generally lower income.


Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jul 20, 2015 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $1,024,400 $1,421,418,225
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $1,140,400
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 94
Amount of Paying Back Loans $364,900 $153,330,600
Number of Paying Back Loans 1,379 195,397
Amount of Ended Loans $659,500 $1,266,947,225
Number of Ended Loans 1,280 1,637,962
Delinquency Rate 22.60% 26.58%
Amount in Arrears $38,988 $25,880,860
Outstanding Portfolio $136,414 $97,375,306
Number of Loans Delinquent 650 125,776
Default Rate 4.86% 1.76%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $32,060 $22,244,085
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 239 53,955
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.97% 0.39%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $9,975 $5,566,508
Refund Rate 0.04% 0.63%
Amount of Refunded Loans $375 $8,903,500
Number of Refunded Loans 1 8,413

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 70.36% 76.52%
Average Loan Size $93 $394
Average Individual Loan Size $102 $612
Average Group Loan Size $475 $1,763
Average number of borrowers per group 5.1 7.8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $2,200 $5,740
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 4.24% 6.87%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 0.46 days 7.2 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $201.14 $54.82
  Average Loan Term 11.62 months 11.38 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 1,371 901,033
  Journaling Rate 20.97% 43.94%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.03
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 0.71

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2017 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 0% APR N/A 25.81% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) -78.7% N/A -2.17%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A N/A 12.55%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Georgia Armitage
Brett Battie
Viola Chimono
Viola Chimono
Mothibeli Lesaoana
Moelo Mokole
Baptiste Roussel
Tyler Sanderson
Alice Troostwijk
Judith Walker
Ruben Walker