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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, Uganda, and Cambodia. 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.

A unique lending approach:

Kiva funding would allow ACE to expand its existing loan program for customers to purchase cookstoves in Lesotho, Uganda, and Cambodia.


Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jul 20, 2015 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $1,478,825 $1,587,499,170
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $426,700
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 155
Amount of Paying Back Loans $561,100 $167,699,020
Number of Paying Back Loans 3,580 205,385
Amount of Ended Loans $917,725 $1,419,373,450
Number of Ended Loans 2,446 1,873,776
Delinquency Rate 29.32% 17.33%
Amount in Arrears $94,128 $18,633,133
Outstanding Portfolio $286,034 $107,519,133
Number of Loans Delinquent 1,697 84,888
Default Rate 5.45% 1.70%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $50,059 $24,144,827
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 361 60,140
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.72% 0.40%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $10,654 $6,908,865
Refund Rate 0.03% 0.60%
Amount of Refunded Loans $375 $9,457,725
Number of Refunded Loans 1 8,817

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 66.27% 77.40%
Average Loan Size $99 $392
Average Individual Loan Size $116 $602
Average Group Loan Size $462 $1,797
Average number of borrowers per group 4.9 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $2,200 $5,685
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 4.52% 6.90%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 0.54 days 8.05 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $185.82 $48.69
  Average Loan Term 12.47 months 11.35 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 1,371 967,953
  Journaling Rate 9.42% 42.42%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.03
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 0.68

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 26.61% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) -32.3% N/A -0.38%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A N/A 11.35%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Flavia Aloyo
Viola Chimono
Viola Chimono
Amarins Harkema
Tseliso Kolisang
Lilian Lomachar
Sreylak Ly
Malepeo Mokete
Moelo Mokole
Samagh Reathien
Baptiste Roussel
Tyler Sanderson
Vichka Sao
Alice Troostwijk
Judith Walker
Ruben Walker
Natalia Walton