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Akenese P., 22, of Saletele Fagaloa, a single mother of two children specialises in handicraft production. With assistance from SPBD, she produces a range of handicrafts which include bags, jewellery, and other traditional crafts and this is the main source of income for her and her children.

Akenese has a stand at the Flea Market at Sogi and she is also one of the suppliers for Aggie Grey’s Gift Store and Samoa Pharmacy. Akenese has some good markets for her products and this is evidence of the quality of the handicrafts she makes.

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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
  • 6
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $7,960,550
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Akenese to purchase materials for her micro-business and for school fees.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 15, 2007
Oct 1, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 4, 2009