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Melania is 35 years old and married with 1 child. She is starting a business venture selling breadfruit products in the local community. Melania needs a loan of $1,000 WST to purchase raw ingredients needed to make products, such as breadfruit chips, for sale. She plans to use the profit from her business (estimated to be 350 talas per week) to financially support immediate members of her family.

Melania joined SPBD to gain access to financial services. Most of SPBD's clients are unable to borrow from commercial banks because they lack collateral. This is Melania's first loan with 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
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $7,960,550
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.3
    Samoa Tala (WST) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $450 helped Melania to purchase ingredients to make breadfruit products to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 23, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 15, 2013