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Nive L. is 61 and married with six children. She owns a business venture selling lava lavas (bottom-half wrap-around prints worn by both men and women). Nive has three years of experience in this business. Nive needs a loan of WST $1700 to purchase additional fabric & materials. She plans to use the earnings from her business (estimated to be 100 talas or US $42 per week) to improve/expand the business.

In 2010, Nive joined SPBD. This is her first loan with SPBD. SPBD's loans are Nive's only access to capital because she was never able to qualify for a loan with traditional banks.

About SPBD:

In 2000, Greg Casagrande founded SPBD and since then it has expanded from the main island of Upolu in Samoa to Savaii, as well as Tonga. SPBD's philosophy of lending is based upon the Grameen Bank lending method. Please join SPBD's lending team on KIVA to receive on-the-spot updates on SPBD.

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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
  • 13
    View loans »
    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $7,960,550
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.6
    Samoa Tala (WST) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $675 helped Nive to purchase additional fabrics & materials.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 8, 2010
Jul 12, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 15, 2011