Kiva conducts regular, ongoing monitoring of all Field Partners, but only posts status updates here in response to relevant, major changes at the partner.

Status Update — January 11, 2015

Microfinanzas Prisma had been facing liquidity issues and a payment plan was put in place to help Microfinanzas Prisma make payments to Kiva. The organization complied with its obligations, successfully repaying its full outstanding balance to Kiva and these funds have been distributed to lenders. Following this payment, Kiva has decided to close this partnership. We would like to thank Microfinanzas Prisma for more than 8 years of collaboration and close to 12 million USD in loans raised and wish them success in their future endeavors.


Status Update October 14, 2014

Microfinanzas Prisma is currently behind on repaying the amount owed to Kiva lenders, but has been sending regular monthly payments to Kiva. While the organization continues to face liquidity challenges, Kiva expects to recover the full amount owed to lenders over an extended repayment period. Kiva will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.


Partner Description:

PRISMA is a Peruvian non-governmental organization founded in April of 1986 with the purpose of strengthening the capabilities and opportunities of the nation’s poor and vulnerable by giving them the tools for sustainable social and economic development.

To accomplish this goal, we have developed seven interconnected strategies: Microfinance, Health and Nutrition, Production and Commercialization for Agricultural Development, Environment, Investigation and Medical Research, Logistics, and Strengthening of both local and regional government institutions.

In 1994, PRISMA began a new program of offering credit to individuals as a component of PASA, a program that works to secure nutrition, by which they assisted the extremely impoverished populations between 1994-1997 in the districts of Cajamarca, San Martín, Ancash, Ayacucho, Junín, Puno, Piura and Lima.

Moreover, beginning in 1997, PRISMA began using the Village Banking methodology, which extended credit capabilities into the regions of Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Junín, Huánuco, Huancavelica, Ancash, Ucayali, Puno, San Martin, Piura and Lima to meet the needs of microentrepreneurs in rural communities on the basis of shared guaranteed loans. This later resulted in a new credit option for lenders called Solidarity Groups as a graduation strategy.

As of the year 2000, PRISMA has advanced credit products for individuals, implementing Multicredit and Crediacopio for Alterative Development Areas. Through this mode of credit, small agricultural producers and traders obtain credit according to their qualifications in order to finance productive activities or to provide capital during the storage phase following harvest.

Starting in 2002, PRISMA incorporated an additional credit option designed for financing production chains with risk administration, which ultimately enables individual farmers to improve their production and productivity levels. This credit product has been particularly successfully supporting the expansion of rice, cotton and yellow corn in the district of Piura.

In 2004, PRISM combined their credit products under PRISMA Microfinance Department, providing lenders greater access to the most viable products. PRISMA continues to expand its products and services and in 2006 it began offering education directed toward the needs of clients to improve the quality of their business and their lives.

PRISMA has strategic alliances with other quality organizations including FOLADE, Freedom From Hunger, MCE, ETIMOS, Procampo S.A., ECLOF, OIKOCREDIT, CORPORACIÓN MISTI, Cooperativa Fortalecer, Banco de Crédito del Perú, Agrovet 3V SAC, Procampo S.A., USAID, Bayer, IPA, COPEME, Creditex, ICCO, INAFI – LA, PROPOLI, EDPYME Confianza, & PROMUC.

Status Update — May 15, 2014

Microfinanzas Prisma is currently experiencing institutional liquidity problems and has been unable to repay Kiva lenders in full the amount owed in repayments made by Kiva borrowers. Kiva and Prisma maintain close communication, and the organization is committed to fully repaying lenders over an extended period of time. Kiva is following up regularly and will provide additional information as it becomes available. 


Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Jul 18, 2007 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $11,819,825 $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 $11,819,825 $1,470,379,745
Number of Ended Loans 20,842 1,944,841
Delinquency Rate 0.00% 16.14%
Amount in Arrears $0 $16,081,753
Outstanding Portfolio ($1) $99,647,416
Number of Loans Delinquent 0 54,841
Default Rate 0.62% 1.71%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $73,038 $25,169,930
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 208 62,990
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.41%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $18 $7,245,579
Refund Rate 0.25% 0.58%
Amount of Refunded Loans $29,600 $9,499,275
Number of Refunded Loans 50 8,858

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 77.15% 77.46%
Average Loan Size $567 $390
Average Individual Loan Size $567 $601
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,800
Average number of borrowers per group 0 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $12,000 $5,664
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 4.73% 6.89%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 3.46 days 8.13 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $163.86 $48.00
  Average Loan Term 6.79 months 11.36 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 9,901 987,166
  Journaling Rate 44.76% 42.01%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.04 0.03
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 2.44 0.67

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2013 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 46% PY 29.00% PY 26.62% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) -30.9% 1.4% -0.18%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) 11.10% 42.00% 11.58%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Joshua Bull
Johnny Castillo Gutierrez
Luis Garcia Bedregal
Katherine Saldana Reategui