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Eliepa is a 69-year-old woman living in a small Samoan village. She has a small pension entitlement from the government, but this isn't enough to live on or to help her build up her savings account balance. So Eliepa runs a flea market stall. She started just selling peanuts, but she has now expanded into merchandise, including women's and men's clothing. Eliepa is a rarity in Samoan society – a woman of nearly 70 years who is financially independent. She is quick to report that she doesn't believe that age is limiting – you just need to have passion for what you do, and then you can find the strength to do it. A loan will ensure that Eliepa can keep her flea market stall fully stocked and continue working daily for her much-prized financial independence.

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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
  • 13
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $7,960,550
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Eliepa merchandise for flea market stall.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 27, 2007
May 6, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 16, 2008