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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 $1,141,400 $1,330,802,700
Amount of raised Inactive loans $66,475 $547,125
Number of raised Inactive loans 20 685
Amount of Paying Back Loans $408,350 $147,970,550
Number of Paying Back Loans 136 195,474
Amount of Ended Loans $666,575 $1,182,285,025
Number of Ended Loans 238 1,522,055
Delinquency Rate 39.12% 10.42%
Amount in Arrears $159,750 $9,802,012
Outstanding Portfolio $435,925 $94,101,479
Number of Loans Delinquent 58 55,529
Default Rate 9.48% 1.74%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $63,175 $20,609,355
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 22 50,258
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.68% 0.39%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $7,795 $5,175,709
Refund Rate 0.53% 0.59%
Amount of Refunded Loans $6,100 $7,878,725
Number of Refunded Loans 2 7,776

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 100.00% 76.40%
Average Loan Size $238 $394
Average Individual Loan Size $0 $609
Average Group Loan Size $2,898 $1,761
Average number of borrowers per group 12.2 7.7
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $2,100 $5,776
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 11.33% 6.82%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 3.01 days 7.13 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $79.15 $55.26
  Average Loan Term 7.68 months 11.34 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 190 789,496
  Journaling Rate 57.89% 43.17%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.03
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 0.81

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 25.36% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) -5.2% -9.5% -1.96%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 28.00% 12.88%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Jason Dudek
Repayment Reporting