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Partner description:

Opportunity Bank Uganda Limited (OBUL) is a Tier I Financial Institution (full Commercial Bank), licensed by the Bank of Uganda, and is a leading micro-finance institution in Uganda. OBUL’s vision is to be the bank of choice for all who aspire to a life of dignity and purpose. There is a social mission focus at the bank’s core with the bank explicating stating their goal to transforms lives, embodied in their slogan of “Empower yourself, empower your future”. 

OBUL was founded in 1995 as a Micro Credit program from Food for the Hungry International (FHI) and is now owned by MyBucks SA (49%) a fintech company listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and Opportunity International group (43%) which focuses on transformation of communities. Other shareholders include Faulu Uganda (7%) and Food for the Hungry (1%).

OBUL has a network of 23 branches and 22 ATM Points distributed in the Central, Eastern, Western and Northern regions of the country. Alternative channels include Agents distributed across the country and Opportunity mobile banking system (Opportunity Kusiimu). OBUL is also a member of the Interswitch Network and their customers have access to over 400 Interswitch powered ATMS across the country.

A unique lending approach:

Kiva is working with OBUL specifically to finance their program to lend to refugees. OBUL as part of their impact mandate to deliver financial services to rural communities, has identified refugees as a key priority group for serving in 2019 and beyond. Refugees are high on the Bank’s agenda and OBUL is looking at both Nakivale and Rwamanja Settlement as an entry point to finance refugees, to better understand their livelihood and financial lives with a view to offering services which can enhance their opportunities to live independence, self-sufficient, meaningful lives. Kiva is partnering with OBUL to finance refugee loans (group, individual and small SME loan products), primarily to help de-risk the portfolio and allow the bank to expand it’s pilot program more quickly. Given OBUL’s position as a top tier institution in Uganda, their working partnership with UNCHR, combined with their institutional focus and shareholder expertise in digital financial inclusion, they are an ideal partner for Kiva to achieve scale in lending to refugees.


Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Mar 5, 2020 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $13,425 $1,421,889,075
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $1,222,500
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 101
Amount of Paying Back Loans $13,425 $153,694,050
Number of Paying Back Loans 12 195,901
Amount of Ended Loans $0 $1,266,972,525
Number of Ended Loans 0 1,637,984
Delinquency Rate 21.34% 26.45%
Amount in Arrears $2,458 $25,845,241
Outstanding Portfolio $11,517 $97,727,056
Number of Loans Delinquent 12 125,686
Default Rate 0.00% 1.76%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $0 $22,245,293
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 0 53,957
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.39%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $5,566,508
Refund Rate 0.00% 0.63%
Amount of Refunded Loans $0 $8,904,825
Number of Refunded Loans 0 8,424

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 33.33% 76.53%
Average Loan Size $1,119 $394
Average Individual Loan Size $1,119 $612
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,763
Average number of borrowers per group 0 7.8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $1,800 $5,740
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 62.15% 6.87%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 0.85 days 7.2 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $1,309.95 $54.80
  Average Loan Term 11.67 months 11.38 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 0 901,163
  Journaling Rate 0.00% 43.93%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.00 0.03
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 0.71

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2020 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower N/A 57.00% PY 25.81% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 8.3% 4.5% -2.17%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 61.00% 12.55%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Cecilia Alyek
Diana Aqrchet Salume
Mandy Burrows
Jonathan Mutebi
Noah ssempijja