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Partner description:

Mountain Lion Agriculture is a social enterprise working to help smallholder farmers in Sierra Leone grow and succeed. The organization helps these farmers out of cycles of subsistence-only farming by supporting them during production and then buying their raw rice at a fair price.

Mountain Lion Agriculture’s business model is based on 3 key pillars: high quality rice-milling, a loyalty program for farmers and building relationships in the community. This model enhances the value chain for smallholder farmers by offering input supplies, 0% interest in-kind seed loans, free training for suppliers, machine hire services and a 250 acre model farm used to educate farmers.


A unique lending approach:

Mountain Lion Agriculture provides 0% interest loans to contract farmers in the form of quality seeds at the beginning of planting season. In order to guarantee good harvest, Mountain Lion Agriculture also provides an option of machine leasing services to these farmers for ploughing, farrowing and harvesting at an extra fee that can either be paid upfront or recovered from the harvest. The loans are usually payable in 6 months based on the rice-growing cycle. During harvest season, Mountain Lion Agriculture provides full transportation of paddy rice from the farms to their milling factory at no cost.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jan 9, 2017 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $1,170,675 $1,388,684,700
Amount of raised Inactive loans $8,025 $162,775
Number of raised Inactive loans 3 64
Amount of Paying Back Loans $415,275 $148,798,550
Number of Paying Back Loans 135 195,476
Amount of Ended Loans $747,375 $1,239,723,375
Number of Ended Loans 266 1,602,787
Delinquency Rate 59.66% 12.46%
Amount in Arrears $247,750 $11,581,224
Outstanding Portfolio $417,575 $92,928,825
Number of Loans Delinquent 79 75,038
Default Rate 17.09% 1.75%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $127,750 $21,702,685
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 43 52,581
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.70% 0.38%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $8,221 $5,291,386
Refund Rate 0.52% 0.59%
Amount of Refunded Loans $6,100 $8,230,675
Number of Refunded Loans 2 8,220

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 100.00% 76.51%
Average Loan Size $239 $392
Average Individual Loan Size $0 $608
Average Group Loan Size $2,898 $1,757
Average number of borrowers per group 12.1 7.8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $2,100 $5,757
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 11.38% 6.81%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 2.96 days 7.14 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $80.86 $54.94
  Average Loan Term 7.69 months 11.37 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 195 846,748
  Journaling Rate 53.48% 43.40%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.03
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 0.76

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2016 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower N/A 47.00% PY 26.14% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) -5.2% -9.5% -2.30%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 28.00% 12.52%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Jason Dudek
Repayment Reporting