ZIDISHA INC.

Rating: 4.83 stars   24 reviews

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Location: 21900 Muirfield Cir. Apt. 302 Sterling VA 20164 USA

Mission: Zidisha is the next generation of microfinance. It is the only peer-to-peer microfinance organization that allows lenders to make low-interest loans to borrowers directly, without any intermediaries. Launched in October 2009, Zidisha has since raised over $350,000 for over 600 small businesses in developing countries. Visit Zidisha.org for more information.
Results: Loans raised: $352,006 USD Businesses financed: 602 Average lender interest: 3.08% Members Worldwide: 2040 Repayment rate: 97.49% (As of September 2012)
Target demographics: Zidisha borrowers are located in low-income countries where small business loans are often unavailable, or carry prohibitively expensive interest rates and collateral requirements. Zidisha allows entrepreneurs who have built up successful credit records with local microfinance institutions to access progressively larger business expansion loans at interest rates they can afford, limited only by their own loan repayment performance.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Microfinance is one of the most useful ways in which people in the developed world can help those in developing countries. Of all of the microfinance organizations that I know, Zidisha is unique. It directly links lenders like me, to borrowers in Kenya, Ghana, and other countries. I can lend as much or as little as I like, I can request reasonable interest if I want, and I can (and do) directly communicate with the borrowers. I have several borrowers to whom I have made 2 or 3 or 4 loans over the years, as I have seen their businesses grow, seen them offer employment to others, seen them working hard to succeed. The personal link, and the fact that there is no middleman, makes Zidisha terrific.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find more people to make loans!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Zidisha is a powerful and effective business model. The amount of interaction between lender and borrower is gratifying, and allows a real human face to be put on a microcredit loan. The fact that borrowing rates are very low (in comparison to other microcredit sites) means that more profit is made by the borrower, loans are paid back more quickly, and there is more benefit where it is needed. Of all of the dozen or so microcredit websites that I have used, Zidisha is the one that impresses me most.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Zidisha is a single place that a struggling individual can find affordable and dignified financial aid. Zidisha gives everyone a chance to prove his honesty and trustworthy to the world!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to effectively update ALL members of any changes of the rules at the same time.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

great staff it will assist the entrepreneurs it is a wonderful experience to connect with zidisha

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I was pointed towards microfinance a few years ago as an alternative to charity donation - more sustainable, more interaction, not simply pouring pounds (I am British) down the drain. It was about the time of the shake up in microfinance and people were realising that sites like Kiva took a significant cut along the way.

I came across Zidisha in Jan 2012 via a websearch and it was very well reviewed. I find it very rewarding as it is very explicit about how it works and you decide exactly who you support - it's a direct line to the real people trying to make a living in developing countries. To be honest, I don't worry too much about whether I gain or loose money as I see it as a "leveraged" charity donation. I don't look for a significant return but there is a 2-3% default rate that I loosely try to offset and overall I think I'm up slightly.

This is a great organisation. I check it every now and again but I fully expect to donate through it in the medium to long term.

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Definitely

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2013

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2 people found this review helpful

Zidisha is a microfinance organization that allows lenders to loan directly to borrowers at reasonable interest rates, plus a borrower transaction fee. The borrower sets the rate ceiling, not Zidisha or another third party organization or Microfinance Institution (MFI). Actually, a lender has the option of lending at a 0% interest rate, which is a big plus as is the ability of lenders and borrowers to interact directly with each other. The ability to control rates while lending, transparency of Zidisha (e.g. disclosure of rates & fees), and having no intermediaries are the three main factors that attracted me to Zidisha. I intend to keep lending here as long as the three main factors remain.

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2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

By allowing me to lend directly to recipients, Zidisha ensures there are very few costs involved. This makes the interest rates paid by the recipients low, while encouraging donors to set realistic rates. This isn't a charity so much as a method of sensible economic stimulation. I am happy to make a modest profit on my loans so that money can be lent out again and again. After more than a year, I have had no bad debt and am lending to about 30 recipients with amounts of about $10-20. Charity should be about all of us really, and Zidisha social lending is close to this ideal.

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Zidisha is the one nonprofit microfinance organization out there that is created to help poor business owners throughout Africa. Zidisha's main strengths our it's transparency which encourages the lowest interest rates possible and full communication with the borrowers themselves! It's a testament to the fact that technology will be able to connect us personally to the poor's business, and allow us to have profound impact on the daily lives of others from the comfort of our PC.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

Zidisha offers the unique opportunity to loan directly to African individuals who are seeking small loans in order to start new or expand existing businesses. In addition to the interest paid on money loaned, this peer to peer model also includes the bonus of personal communication. It is a unique life-changing experience for the borrower who receives they funds they need and the lender who gets to experience first hand the effects of the money they lend. I love this concept and look to be lending for many more years to come. Go Zidisha!

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Life-changing

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2012

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Zidisha is a peer to peer microloan service, funding loans to small business owners in countries like Kenya and Senegal. On their site, http://zidisha.org, you can view photos of prospective borrowers and brief descriptions of the amount and purpose of the loans requested. When you find one you like, you can see a detailed description of the business, the credit rating of the borrower, and the proposed rate of interest. You can then bid on all or part of the loan. Loans I have made range from $25 to $50 of an average $500 loan. So far, I have received monthly repayments on time, and have simply put the funds into new loans. I like Zidisha because it gives me a connection to the borrowers through email updates, and a feeling that I am making a tangible contribution.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

Zidisha is amazing. I am completely addicted to helping people here -- and the best part is, it is a loan. So when the folks are successful with their business and pay you back (with interest) you an take the moneya nd loan to the next entrepreneur!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Helping other agricultural entrepreneurs -- being one myself, I feel very connected to other like me around the world.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I just can't say no!

What would you tell others about this organization?

It is such an amazing way to make a difference -- a real hand-up not a hand-out.

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