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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 $1,086,825 $1,451,478,700
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $1,225,950
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 246
Amount of Paying Back Loans $396,325 $148,369,975
Number of Paying Back Loans 1,744 169,375
Amount of Ended Loans $690,500 $1,301,882,775
Number of Ended Loans 1,401 1,706,896
Delinquency Rate 22.14% 21.61%
Amount in Arrears $41,396 $20,695,832
Outstanding Portfolio $158,873 $95,757,787
Number of Loans Delinquent 628 72,467
Default Rate 4.64% 1.73%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $32,060 $22,469,414
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 239 54,461
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.98% 0.40%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $10,650 $5,838,315
Refund Rate 0.03% 0.63%
Amount of Refunded Loans $375 $9,156,125
Number of Refunded Loans 1 8,490

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 70.65% 76.69%
Average Loan Size $94 $395
Average Individual Loan Size $101 $610
Average Group Loan Size $467 $1,774
Average number of borrowers per group 5 7.8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $2,200 $5,729
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 4.26% 6.89%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 0.43 days 7.45 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $217.15 $53.02
  Average Loan Term 11.76 months 11.37 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 1,371 912,350
  Journaling Rate 19.41% 43.89%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.03
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 0.70

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 25.38% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) -78.7% N/A -1.40%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A N/A 12.34%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Georgia Armitage
Nataraj Iyer Balasubramanian
Brett Battie
Viola Chimono
Viola Chimono
Mothibeli Lesaoana
Sreylak Ly
Moelo Mokole
Samagh Reathien
Baptiste Roussel
Tyler Sanderson
Vichka Sao
Alice Troostwijk
Joshua Vickers
Judith Walker
Ruben Walker