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Unlike most women in her village, Helen managed to gain financial independence from her husband. She achieved this by joining the SPBD microcredit programme. She started her business with just a small shop, but, with the help of a small loan, Helen has been able to buy more fabrics and a sewing machine.

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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
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Helen to purchase more sewing machines.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 26, 2007
Mar 10, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 27, 2008