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Transparent Pricing In Kenya

Please note that MFTransparency is no longer collecting new pricing data. The data displayed for this country is for historical purposes only and does not represent current products or prices in the country. Note that the age of the information for each MFI is indicated in the table below.

The Transparent Pricing Initiative in Kenya has published standardized pricing data from 18 institutions, representing the vast majority of Kenya’s active microloan borrowers. The Kenya Initiative was launched in January 2010 with a range of pricing and transparency workshops.

Microfinance in Kenya
Kenya has a high rate of financial inclusion relative to other East African countries. The microfinance industry in Kenya is one of the most developed in Sub-Saharan Africa, serving an estimated 23% of the adult population.  The industry has grown enormously over the last 10 years, both in terms of the gross loan portfolio disbursed and the number of active borrowers served. This growth has been aided by the rapid expansion of mobile banking and complimentary regulatory policies related to deposit collection, branchless banking and agent banking. The introduction of a Credit Information System has also played an instrumental role in the growth and success of the industry. The main types of microfinance service provider in Kenya include downscaling commercial banks, non-bank financial institutions, licensed saving and credit cooperatives and NGOs.

Truth-in-Lending Legislation

The Microfinance Act of 2006 set the blue print for regulating microfinance services in Kenya. The Act drew the distinction between regulating deposit taking and non-deposit taking microfinance service providers. The Central Bank of Kenya is entrusted with regulating and supervising deposit taking microfinance service providers. Subsequent Acts such as the 2008 Microfinance Regulations Act and Microfinance Categorization Act have strengthened and improved the general regulatory environment.

Although truth-in-lending legislation has not yet been enacted in Kenya, commitment towards consumer protection and the importance of truth in lending legislation is being recognized in the industry. Directive No. I/2011, issued by the Central bank, contains specific provisions relevant to consumer protection, disclosures and articles promoting public awareness.

Kenya Price Graph

The price graph presented below shows the prices of all the microloan products in the Kenya dataset. Each data-point represents a real loan given to a real borrower, calculated using original loan documentation from the institution. The size of the data-point correlates with the number of borrowers that have a loan of that product at that loan amount. The color of the data-point correlates with the Transparency Index of the sample. The interactive legend beneath the graph can be used to change the graph axis and labels. Try the custom feature to see price correlations with attributes such as loan purpose, institution type, loan term and percent of gross national income.

The pricing dynamics of the Kenyan microfinance market mirror the global trends observed, with an increase in prices correlating with a decrease in loan sizes. The Kenyan microfinance industry’s favoured pricing calculation method is flat interest rate – just 13% of Kenya’s borrowers access loans that use the declining balance interest rate method. Pricing trends are observed according to institution type and whether an institution is regulated.

Kenya Institutions

Institution# BorrowersPortfolio (US$)ProductsTransp. IndexParticipating SinceAge of Data
Action000N/A2010-Jun56 mos.
Adok Timo4,200570,0004252010-Sep87 mos.
BIMAS11,1004,679,0007312010-Sep56 mos.
ECLOF Kenya20,5005,455,0008252010-Sep56 mos.
Equity Bank135,50094,746,0009482010-Sep56 mos.
Family Bank43,20090,700,0005482010-Sep87 mos.
Jamii Bora2,4003,374,0004312010-Jun56 mos.
Juhudi Kilimo10,4004,436,0002572010-Sep56 mos.
KADET12,9005,402,0004272010-Sep56 mos.
K-Rep000N/A2010-Sep56 mos.
K-Rep Bank65,00028,743,0004412010-Sep87 mos.
KWFT DTM294,600165,982,0006352010-Sep56 mos.
LKL13,1009,311,00010392010-Jun48 mos.
MKL18,2005,989,0006322015-Mar33 mos.
Opportunity Kenya9,1004,866,0005272010-Sep56 mos.
PAWDEP40,9007,133,0002382010-Sep56 mos.
RAFODE2,900356,0001122010-Sep56 mos.
SISDO7,3003,657,00011272010-Sep56 mos.
Yehu14,0003,149,00011382010-Sep56 mos.
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