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

Status update — May 22, 2018

Protests have started in Nicaragua in late April against a since-canceled move to cut social security benefits and increase payroll taxes. People have taken to the streets in demonstrations that have called for President Ortega to step down. Unfortunately, these protests have resulted in the loss of life and a partial economic paralyzation of the country. Talks are currently on-going among all parties to resolve the situation peacefully. We have been in contact with our partners and are currently monitoring the situation closely as Kiva borrowers and partner staff have been affected by such political and social unrest. This might result in an increase in delinquency rates since a lot of informal economic activities have come to a complete stop. As more information comes in, we will update lenders accordingly.

Status update - April 17, 2017

AFODENIC is making timely payments based on the agreement that was reached in December 2015. AFODENIC is expected to finish paying its outstanding debt in the next 2 years.

Status update - December 1, 2015

AFODENIC and Kiva have come to an agreement to end their partnership after 8 years and close to 6 million USD in loans fundraised on Kiva. AFODENIC is expected to pay back their outstanding balance over the course of the next 4 years according to an agreed upon a payment plan with Kiva. Should this partner request to resume fundraising in the future, Kiva will first conduct any additional monitoring and due diligence tasks we believe necessary.

Partner Description: 

AFODENIC, La Asociación para el Fomento al Desarrollo de Nicaragua, seeks to use micro-credit to foster productive commercial activity for the sake of economic, social, and cultural development within vulnerable urban and rural sectors traditionally neglected by commercial banks. AFODENIC, which was established on May 12, 1999, is a non-governmental organization based in the capital city of Managua. Working on a national level, AFODENIC has branches in Managua, Juigalpa, and Nueva Guinea.

The organization strives to fulfill its mission by integrating economic and human resources in order to provide and adapt financial services aimed at improving the economic statuses of the families of clients—individual producers, organized cooperatives, and small and micro-entrepreneurs from both the city and the countryside.

AFODENIC provides micro-loans for agricultural activities, livestock cultivation, and house repairs, as well as microenterprises/small businesses. The organization’s clients in the farming industry work in a range of areas, including breeding, milk production, and the cultivation of pineapple, plantains, vegetables, coffee, fruit-bearing trees, and basic grains.

In 2006, AFODENIC began providing micro-credit within the most vulnerable neighborhoods of Managua, such as Hialeah, Memorial Sandino, Barrio 360, Villa Reconciliación, Laureles Sur, and Laureles Norte. AFODENIC has contributed to the improvement of these neighborhoods through the creation of jobs, improvements in home infrastructure, and the maintenance of small businesses.

One of AFODENIC’s most successful programs was the construction of nearly 500 homes in Juigalpa for people in the healthcare, education, and municipal services sectors. AFODENIC sought to combat the area’s housing shortage by building low-cost housing that could be purchased on credit at a low interest rate. The project, which was developed with the support of the city of Juigalpa, contributed significantly toward alleviating the housing problem in the area.

AFODENIC has worked on several social projects in the department of Chontales in conjunction with the Rural Institute of the Tropics. Together they have established various technical assistance and training programs, which have included assisting cooperatives with administrative and legal consolidation, creating a center to train farmers in the use of new agriculture technology, and teaching basic computer programs and Internet use.

As a social institution committed to improving the country, AFODENIC partnered with the Center for Socio-Educational Research at the UNAN-Managua University to promote research within the classroom at schools in Managua and Carazo. Also in the realm of education, AFODENIC recently initiated a new credit program to fund loans to students studying at universities or technical schools.

The organization’s funders have included Fundación Barceló, PTM-Mundubat, and Oikocredit. In addition, AFODENIC is affiliated with the Association of Microfinance Institutions from Nicaragua (ASOMIF), which is part of the Central American Microfinance Network (REDCAMIF).

AFODENIC began working with Kiva in early 2008 and has a 2.5-star field partner risk rating. 

Status update - July 7, 2011

In recent years, the "No Pago" movement (a movement for non-repayment of loans) has created concern around the increased risk of loan non-repayment by Kiva borrowers in Nicaragua. As a result, last year Kiva posted a loan alert on Nicaraguan loans, warning lenders about the potential risks of lending to entrepreneurs in Nicaragua. Earlier this month though, the government passed a new microfinance law that has addressed many of these concerns. As a result, the situation appears to have resolved itself and the "No Pago" loan alert is being removed.

We will update this page if there is any additional information available.

Status update — July 19, 2010

In order to help you better understand the potential risks of lending to entrepreneurs in Nicaragua, Kiva continues to provide information on the “No Pago” movement (a movement for non-repayment of loans).

The momentum behind the No Pago movement appears to have largely dissipated, as a result of the National Assembly's passage of a law in April 2010. This new law allows delinquent borrowers (as of June 2009) to re-negotiate loans with more favorable interest and terms. Borrowers who were part of the No Pago movement were required to approach MFIs to re-negotiate their loans by May 12th of this year. While many borrowers did approach MFIs to re-negotiate their loans, it still only accounted for a small percentage of the members of the No Pago movement.

For Kiva lenders who previously lent to Nicaraguan borrowers: 

  • if your loan had default coverage, then even if your loan was affected, the MFI will cover your loan for the full amount.
  • if your loan did not have default coverage by the MFI: If the borrower you lent to did not approach their MFI before May 12th, their loan cannot be re-negotiated under the terms of the No Pago movement resolution. Kiva is working closely with its Lending Partners in Nicaragua to see if any Kiva clients have re-negotiated their loan under this law and will message to lenders accordingly.

For Kiva lenders considering making new loans in Nicaragua: it seems that as a result of the passage of this law and since the term for re-negotiation has passed, the microfinance situation is calmer in Nicaragua that previously. Kiva will continue to update the Kiva lender community if the situation changes significantly. 

Status update - June 7, 2010

Kiva recently conducted on-site monitoring at Afodenic in order to re-assess the level of risk posed by this institution. The analysts found that a number of components that Kiva looks at during our due diligence process did not merit a 4-STAR rating and adjusted the rating to 3.

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Lending Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Dec 16, 2007 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $5,769,175 $1,958,960,270
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $198,810
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 174
Amount of Paying Back Loans $738,875 $161,515,145
Number of Paying Back Loans 837 189,106
Amount of Ended Loans $5,030,300 $1,768,242,580
Number of Ended Loans 8,271 2,370,068
Delinquency Rate 100.00% 12.15%
Amount in Arrears $67,815 $12,196,492
Outstanding Portfolio $67,470 $100,379,645
Number of Loans Delinquent 837 72,762
Default Rate 0.72% 1.83%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $36,347 $32,307,398
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 91 84,791
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.01% 0.50%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $822 $11,998,745
Refund Rate 0.36% 0.54%
Amount of Refunded Loans $20,500 $10,526,300
Number of Refunded Loans 32 9,596

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Lending Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 63.21% 78.24%
Average Loan Size $630 $392
Average Individual Loan Size $630 $589
Average Group Loan Size $4,547 $1,891
Average number of borrowers per group 7.4 8.3
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $4,800 $5,599
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 13.12% 7.00%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 9.96 days 8.93 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $63.26 $43.86
  Average Loan Term 12.91 months 11.47 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Lending Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 4,304 1,178,680
  Journaling Rate 39.53% 42.25%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.03 0.02
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 1.57 0.57

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2017 data)

    This Lending Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 21% PY 27.00% PY 27.02% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) -2.6% 0.9% -3.10%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A 40.00% 0.00%

Country Fast Facts

Lending Partner Staff