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Transparent Pricing In Uganda

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 Uganda has published standardized pricing data from 23 institutions, representing an estimated 85% of Uganda’s microloan borrowers. Launched in 2011 the Initiative is delivered in partnership with Planet Rating and AMFIU (Association of Microfinance Institutions in Uganda), and is funded by the MasterCard Foundation.

Microfinance in Uganda
Due to a strong market enabling environment, macroeconomic stability and sound international donor commitment  the microfinance sector in Uganda has seen growth and stability. The industry was initiated in the early 1980s when a number of socially oriented NGOs piloted microfinance projects to create access to financial services. During the following decades the sector evolved to into an industry with a growing outreach and commitment to sustainability. The main providers of microfinance in Uganda are commercial banks, credit institutions, microfinance deposit-taking institutions (MDI’s), savings and credit cooperative organizations (SACCOs), and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). These institutions serve an estimated half a million active borrowers and manage a gross loan portfolio of around UGX 7.9 billion (USD 300 million).

For the purposes of data collection, microloans in Uganda are defined as products with loan amounts less than UGX 15,000,000 (USD5,700).  MFTransparency presents data for microloan products that have over 50 active borrowers and that have had more than 10 loan disbursements over the past 9 months

Truth-in-Lending Legislation

The regulatory landscape of Uganda’s microfinance sector is shaped by the diverse  range of institutions providing microfinance services and the regulatory authorities overseeing them. Commercial banks, credit institutions, and MDIs fall under the Bank of Uganda regulatory framework. Categorised in to a four tier supervisory and regulatory framework, these institutions are governed by various laws and guidelines. SACCOs are supervised by the Department of Cooperatives within the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry and NGOs are monitored by the National Board of Non-governmental Organizations housed at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Laws establishing a consumer protection policy and regulatory guidelines addressing truth in lending do not yet exist. However, there are a handful of independent organizations addressing this field in Uganda. Chief amongst these are the Uganda Consumer Protection Association (UCPA) and the Consumer Education Trust (CONSENT). AMFIU presents guidance in terms of financial consumer protection with its Consumer Education and Transparency Program, the Consumer Code of Practice and the Consumer Financial Education Handbook.

Uganda Price Graph

The price graph presented below shows the prices of all the microloan products in the Uganda 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 lighter the colour the more transparently priced the loan product. 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 dataset for Uganda comprises of 67 microloan products offered by 23 microfinance service providers. A classic curve in the market average APR is seen, showing that loans of a smaller size rise dramatically in price.   The data indicates a strong correlation of loan products with lower prices being advertised with a more transparent price.

In this graph, the y-axis indicates the “Full APR”, defined by MFTransparency as the price including interest and all required fees, insurance, taxes and security deposits.  This full price is then annualized with a nominal compounding procedure.   For additional price calculations, refer to the “product sheets” for each loan product.

Uganda Institutions

Institution # Borrowers Portfolio (US$) ProductsTransp. IndexParticipating SinceAge of Data
APAS320128,0002732011-Jun159 mos.
BRAC-UGA139,20028,254,0003422011-Jul116 mos.
Centenary Bank133,802221,144,2314692011-Jun140 mos.
EBO SACCO1,5001,240,3822712011-Jun140 mos.
Equity Bank13,06957,252,0040NA2011-Jun140 mos.
Finance Trust22,55517,520,4245342011-Jun140 mos.
FINCA-UGA56,30027,402,0004772011-Oct114 mos.
Five Talents5,365368,0572332011-Jun140 mos.
Gatsby1,3462,440,2362442011-Jun140 mos.
Habitat Uganda858265,5081472011-Jun140 mos.
Hofokam20,9084,793,2006522011-Jun140 mos.
KACITA15660,3181372011-Jun140 mos.
Madfa SACCO4,832288,6745452011-Jun140 mos.
Opportunity23,73413,560,84613342011-Jun140 mos.
RUCREF5,557898,3804432011-Jun159 mos.
Rushere SACCO983574,5492912011-Apr140 mos.
SAO20462,7681342011-Jun140 mos.
Silver Upholders2,111189,1894422011-Jun140 mos.
THPU6,528676,3911392011-Jun140 mos.
UGAFODE8,1974,720,4469532011-Jun140 mos.
VF Uganda13,0723,221,6755472011-Jun140 mos.
Wakiso513276,0001382011-Jun140 mos.
Y-SAVE2081,686,4851562011-Jun140 mos.
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