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Marie A., 43 years old, is married with three children. She has three years of experience with her food vending business. Her business is open six days a week and she earns approximately 250 Tala (~104 USD) per week.

Marie has received three loans from SPBD. SPBD loans are Marie’s only access to capital because she has been unable to qualify for loans from traditional banks. The loan will help Marie hire labor and purchase materials for her food vending business. She hopes to improve her business, so that she will be able to pay for her kids' education and home improvements.

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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
  • 32
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $7,766,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.5
    Samoa Tala (WST) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $925 helped Marie to purchase cooler, mutton flaps, oil, flour and cordials.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 6, 2008
May 17, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 15, 2009