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Taro in coconut cream is one of people's old time favorites. Asuisui sells this as well as Samoan cocoa or niu to go along with it, depending on the buyer’s choice. Three people work for Asuisui. Her weekends are used to prepare the necessary ingredients for the stall like getting taro from the plantations, husking nuts and so on. After all debts have been paid for she makes a profit $300.

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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
  • 93
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $7,683,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD
Paid Back
A loan of $800 helped Asuisui to purchase sacks of taro, bananas, coconuts and yams. The loan will also purchase wood, a gas stove as well as finance school fees and home improvement.
108% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 14, 2007
Mar 27, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 31, 2008