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Maria is a 52-year-old married woman with seven children.

To earn a living, she makes and sells masi popo and ice cakes in her community. She has two years of experience with this business.

Maria is seeking a loan to buy additional ingredients and necessities, including sacks of sugar, flour, yeast, frying pans, and forks. She plans to use the profits she generates as a result of the loan to better support her family and to save for her business's future needs. Maria became a member of SPBD this year.

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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
  • 37
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $7,794,375
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.3
    Samoa Tala (WST) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $450 helped Maria to expand and improve her business by purchasing additional ingredients and necessities (e.g., sugar, flour, yeast, frying pans, and forks).
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 15, 2013
Apr 12, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 16, 2014