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Status update — December 12, 2017
RISE Tanzania has decided to end its lending program, as it doesn't fit within their current business model. As a result, Kiva has moved this Field Partner to inactive status, which means RISEis no longer fundraising loans on Kiva, though Kiva fully expects the partner to continue to send repayments owed to Kiva lenders for as long as the partner has an outstanding balance. Kiva thanks RISE for their partnership and their work bringing solar energy to people in rural Tanzania. RISE Tanzania would also like to thank all Kiva lenders who've supported their borrowers over the course of the partnership.

Partner description:

RISE is a distribution and finance company that works closely with communities to increase access to sustainable energy products. Their model focuses on offering affordable high-quality technology to people at the bottom of the economic pyramid, mainly rural farmers.

RISE imports high-quality, pay-as-you-go solar systems that are designed to provide light and mobile charging, and transports them to remote communities. RISE utilises existing distribution networks in rural areas and trains local sales agents in business and sales skills, and on benefits, uses, and technical aspects of solar technology.

RISE was a 2015 SEED winner for its potential to create positive change in a sustainable, social and environmental way.

A unique lending approach:

Loans funded on Kiva provide farmers in southern Tanzania with the funds to purchase solar home systems and other solar products. RISE will eventually expand the volume and range of the products, including solar pumps for irrigation, as well as expand to other regions of Tanzania.

The pay-as-you-go repayment plan makes the transition to solar energy affordable and sustainable, enabling future savings and reducing indoor pollution and chronic lung problems. The loans don’t require collateral, and repayments are aligned with the farming harvest period, reducing the risk of overindebtedness. RISE also helps create a formal credit history for the farmer.

The communities around the farmers will also be engaged as the RISE local agents will be employed from the community.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Oct 3, 2016 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $2,450 $1,633,160,845
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $2,270,625
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 4,012
Amount of Paying Back Loans $0 $160,510,475
Number of Paying Back Loans 0 190,051
Amount of Ended Loans $2,450 $1,470,379,745
Number of Ended Loans 14 1,944,841
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 16.14%
Amount in Arrears $0 $16,081,753
Outstanding Portfolio $0 $99,647,416
Number of Loans Delinquent 0 54,841
Default Rate 0.00% 1.71%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $25,169,930
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 62,990
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.41%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $7,245,579
Refund Rate 0.00% 0.58%
Amount of Refunded Loans $0 $9,499,275
Number of Refunded Loans 0 8,858

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 28.57% 77.46%
Average Loan Size $175 $390
Average Individual Loan Size $175 $601
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,800
Average number of borrowers per group 0 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $1,900 $5,664
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 9.21% 6.89%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 0.27 days 8.13 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $636.74 $48.00
  Average Loan Term 14.21 months 11.36 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 0 987,166
  Journaling Rate 0.00% 42.01%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.03
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 0.67

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2016 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 11% APR 21.00% PY 26.62% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 12.7% 0.2% -0.18%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 134.00% 11.58%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Pete Nettleton
Andrew Soper