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Faapopo S., age 49, lives in the town of Matautu Lefaga Tai. She is married and has two grown children. To make a living, Faapopo raises cattle for sale. Faapopo has been engaged in this business for over five years and earns approximately 650 WST per month.

In 2008, Faapopo joined SPBD to gain access to financial services. Her goal was to help improve her living situation and to increase her ability to engage in business activities. Faapopo has successfully repaid a previous loan of 750 WST from SPBD. This previous loan was used to purchase additional animals.

Faapopo is now requesting a new loan in the amount of 1,500 WST, which will be used to build shelter for her livestock. The loan will be the second loan she has taken out from SPBD. Faapopo plans to use the additional revenue she expects the loan to generate to improve and expand her business.

About SPBD:

SPBD's mission is to improve the quality of life of people living in poverty in the poor island nations of the South Pacific. SPBD's philosophy of lending is based on a respect for each individual's innate human ingenuity, drive, and self esteem.

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About SPBD

South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) improves conditions for families living in poverty by providing accessible credit, training, and guidance to help them start, grow and maintain micro-businesses, build assets, finance home improvements, and afford to educate their children. 99% of SPBD’s loans go to women, who can borrow in groups to guarantee one another rather than put up collateral.

About Samoa

  • $5,200
    Average annual income
  • 65
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $7,805,550
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.6
    Samoa Tala (WST) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $575 helped Faapopo to build shelter for the borrower's livestock.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 6, 2009
Aug 11, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 15, 2010