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Misiaika is a seamstress by profession, who now desires to start her own business providing sewing services to the people of her village. She has always had a talent for dressmaking and design, and is now anxious to start her own business.

She understands her product and her customers, and believes that these will allow her to be successful in business. She specializes in the traditional puletasi and muumuu, and uses traditional objects in her designs.

She is now applying for a loan of $850 to allow her to purchase a sewing machine.

Additional Information

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
  • 88
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $7,706,850
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD
Paid Back
A loan of $850 helped Misiaika new sewing machine to expand her business.
108% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 11, 2007
Mar 27, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 31, 2008