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Merita is already 73 but she is still a very active businesswoman. When she joined the SPBD microfinance program she borrowed a small amount to start her sewing business at home. Despite her age, the quality of her sewing has attracted a growing number of customers. Gradually she was able to grow her sewing business and is now contemplating expanding her house so that she can have a separate shop room for her sewing business.

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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
  • 32
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $7,793,625
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Merita to expand her shop and purchase additional fabrics for her sewing business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 14, 2007
May 29, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 14, 2008