Sikola S. is 38 and married with 5 children (ages 1 - 15). She is starting a business venture, planting & harvesting taro to sell. Sikola needs a loan of WST$1000 to purchase harvesting equipment such as wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, baskets, and knives. She plans to use the earnings from her business (estimated to be 450 talas or US $188 per week) to improve and expand the business.
In 2010, Sikola joined SPBD. This is her 1st loan with SPBD. SPBD's loans are Sikola's only access to capital because she was never able to qualify for a loan with traditional banks.
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. http://www.kiva.org/community/viewTeam?team_id=8375"
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.