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Tiresa is 42 years old, married, and has one child. She has a plantation where she grows taro, banana, taamu, and ufi that she can sell in her community or at the market. She has been doing this for five years. Tiresa needs a loan to to pay for cement, nails, a hammer, timber, and iron roofing to improve her home. She joined SPBD to gain access to financial services.

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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 Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

About Samoa

  • $5,200
    Average annual income
  • 13
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $7,960,550
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.4
    Samoa Tala (WST) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,275 helped Tiresa to buy construction materials to improve her home.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 27, 2012
May 8, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 18, 2013