if you get a chance, please could you ask Gerard to find out whether for the 7 Field Partners where currently it's stated "Interest & Fees are Charged: No", it really is the case that borrowers do not pay interest and fees on Kiva loans.
The context is the May 11th discussion on the thread about Paul's Kivabank application, starting roughly from my post
where I express some doubt that we can entirely trust the data Kiva provides when it says "Interest & Fees are Charged: No", through to RichardF's post
where he lists those 7 Field partners. I have checked again today and they are all still showing "Interest & Fees are Charged: No" as well as a full set of N/As for Portfolio Yield; Profitability (Return on Assets); and Average Loan Size (% of Per Capita Income).If
I am correct in suspecting that the data here is flawed for those 7 Field Partners (essentially, that the answer "No" on interest & fees is determined by absence of data, not by substantive data), this is obviously something Kiva might want to rectify quite quickly, because inaccurate data on the site leaves them open to attack from any passing New York Times scribbler who wants to land cheap shots, as we've seen in the recent past on more than one occasion.