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Limalau P. is a 49-year-old woman living in the town of Puleia. She is married and has 7 adult children. To make a living, Limalau owns and operates a bakery. The main source of income for the business comes from baking and selling cookies in the local community. Limalau has been engaged in this business for over 3 years and earns approximately 300 WST a month from these activities.

In 2009, Limalau joined SPBD to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Limalau is now requesting a loan of 1000 WST which will be used to purchase baking equipment. This will be the 1st loan taken out by the borrower from SPBD. Limalau plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/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
  • 32
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $7,766,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.5
    Samoa Tala (WST) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $400 helped Limalau to purchase baking equipment.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 23, 2009
Nov 24, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 13, 2011