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Melesete is a 34-year-old married woman with five children.

She has a small plantation where she grows taros and yams to earn a living. She has been doing this for three years. Melesete has requested a loan to re-supply new equipment to help her improve her plantation.

She has been a member of SPBD since 2010. With her profits, Melesete hopes to increase and earn a good income from her plantation so she can provide a good education for her children and also improve her home.

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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
  • 87
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $7,683,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.4
    Samoa Tala (WST) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $950 helped Melesete to buy new tools and equipment for the plantation such as bush knives, planting tools, rakes, fertilizers, chemicals, and more taro roots.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 21, 2012
Jul 13, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2013