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Mativa I. is 21 and is married with one child. She owns a business venture catching and selling ocean-caught fish and has three years of experience in this business.

Mativa needs a loan of WST 1,000 to invest in expanding her business. She plans to use the earnings from her business (estimated to be 600 talas or approximately USD 233 per week) to improve and expand her business.

In 2010, Mativa joined SPBD and this is her first loan. SPBD's loans are her 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.

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Additional Information

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
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    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 $400 helped Mativa to invest in expanding her business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 11, 2010
Jul 12, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 15, 2011