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Partner Description:

MiCrédito reaches underserved populations in both urban and rural Nicaragua. The organization strives to offer products tailored to meet client needs, and embraces new mobile technology to serve clients more efficiently and effectively. For example, loan officers equipped with smart phones are able to make credit decisions in the field, saving time and money for both clients and MiCrédito.  Find out more about MiCrédito by visiting their website.

A unique lending approach:
MiCrédito offers several types of loans that can have a positive impact on borrowers, their families and their communities.
Student loans:

Their student loan program, EduCrédit, covers the high costs of education in Nicaragua. The objective is to provide students with the opportunity to achieve their goals and find gainful employment through education. Learn more in this video>
Sanitation loans:
MiCrédito’s sanitation loans are designed to allow families to replace latrines, which can contaminate the surrounding environment, with high-efficiency toilets.
This change can be transformative, improving family health and hygiene.
Clean energy loans:
Many rural communities in Nicaragua don’t have access to electricity. MiCrédito is now financing solar products for these off-the-grid communities, allowing them to substitute candles for solar lamps.
MiCrédito has partnered with Global Partnerships to provide solar home systems, which dramatically improve standards of living for the households served.
Other programs and services:
For people living at or below the poverty line, opening a savings account is a daunting and difficult process. Upon receiving a loan, MiCrédito opens a savings account on behalf of the borrower at Banco de América Central. The loan is disbursed to the savings account and the borrower is provided a debit card to access the funds. By providing access to the formal banking sector, MiCrédito aims to help borrowers increase their savings.
MiCrédito is also committed to improving the health and well being of its borrowers. In conjunction with the AMOS Foundation, MiCrédito offers clients access to preventative medicine and medical exams. This includes screenings for a variety of health conditions, including breast and cervical cancer, high-cholesterol and diabetes.  

Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Dec 1, 2010 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $2,950,275 $822,175,325
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $450,050
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 432
Amount of Paying Back Loans $824,275 $136,607,250
Number of Paying Back Loans 821 162,101
Amount of Ended Loans $2,126,000 $685,118,025
Number of Ended Loans 3,379 847,979
Delinquency Rate 0.51% 8.41%
Amount in Arrears $2,746 $7,555,629
Outstanding Portfolio $537,649 $89,839,202
Number of Loans Delinquent 13 24,727
Default Rate 0.49% 1.26%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $10,495 $8,600,432
Amount of Ended Loans $2,126,000 $685,118,025
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 35 22,761
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.00% 0.41%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $0 $3,389,095
Refund Rate 0.13% 0.65%
Amount of Refunded Loans $3,700 $5,367,575
Number of Refunded Loans 5 5,688

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 62.05% 74.67%
Average Loan Size $702 $409
Average Individual Loan Size $702 $646
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,819
Average number of borrowers per group 0 7.9
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $4,800 $5,942
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 14.64% 6.89%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 10.36 days 6.81 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $67.83 $60.12
  Average Loan Term 12.54 months 10.97 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 1,357 401,884
  Journaling Rate 31.43% 40.51%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.01 0.06
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.38

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2013 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 39% PY 27.00% PY 28.54% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) 5.1% 0.9% -0.69%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) 95.40% 40.00% 19.50%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Itzayana Escobar
Veronica Herrera
Shirley Irias
Lyann Urbina