The selection process.

BAP has a loan appraisal form to ensure that participants can afford the bicycle loan. 

Here are the specific variables that we analyze in the process:

  • Group dynamic – individuals have to apply in an already existing community group (typically 20-30 people each). BAP analyzes how cohesive the group is, taking into account activity, attendance, and application of internal rules.
  • Health – including if the individual or a family member has a chronic illness.
  • Child to Adult Ratio – the ‘dependency’ ratio as we coin it. This indicates another level of need.
  • Household assets – income can be hard to measure, which is why we look at how much livestock people own or the number of mattresses, phones, tables, etc.
  • Borrowing history – if applicable. This becomes especially important if they currently have a loan out. 
  • Character reference - one of the most important aspects of our loan appraisal is the individual character reference. We ask the savings group leaders about the individual's trustworthiness, reliability, and attitude.