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Valasiolagi B. is 42 and married with two children. She owns a business venture to sell a variety of different products in the local community. Valasiolagi has two years of experience in this business.

Valasiolagi needs a loan of 2,500 Somoan talas to purchase additional products to sell. She plans to use the earnings from her business (estimated to be 500 talas or $208 per week) to improve/expand the business.

In 2009, Valasiolagi joined SPBD. This is her second loan with SPBD. SPBD's loans are Valasiolagi'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.

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
  • 2.5
    Samoa Tala (WST) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Valasiolagi to purchase additional products to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 5, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 15, 2011