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Mele is a 54-year-old woman who is married and has eight children. For the past two years she has grown taro, taamu, yams and bananas on her plantation. She sells her produce within her community or at the local market.

Mele has been a member of SBPD since 2012. She is applying for a 1000 WST loan to buy chemicals, weed killers, rakes and bush knives to help her in planting her crops. She will use her increase in profits to support her family and pay for her children's education.

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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
  • 80
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $7,683,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.3
    Samoa Tala (WST) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $450 helped Mele to buy chemicals, weed killers, rakes and bush knives.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 5, 2013
Apr 12, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 18, 2014