Born and raised in Texas, Agnes graduated from the University of Texas in 2006 and worked for three years in energy finance. As part of the commercial banking group at Wells Fargo and private equity group at Liberty Energy, Agnes helped provide capital to independent energy producers. She was introduced to microfinance through Jacqueline Novogratz's book "The Blue Sweater" and since then, has been addicted to finding ways in which capital markets can help alleviate poverty. Agnes's past experiences include teaching urban 8th graders math through Summerbridge, writing entertainment stories for her college newspaper, and entertaining kids as Chuck E. while working at Chuck E. Cheese's. She is excited to be serving as a Kiva Fellow at SPBD and is looking forward to being immersed in Fa'a Samoa, the Samoan Way of life.
The loan has helped Tautuu Lameko buy pesticides and bushknives for her plantation. From the earnings of her plantation, she was able to rebuild her 3 of the small fales that make up her house and upgrade her [...]
Losa Samu is happy that she received a loan because it helped her start her plantation. She says that it was hard to get things started before the loan. She used the loan to buy shovels, pesticides, and [...]
Leiua Tauese is thankful for the loan she received—it helped her start her plantation and help her family. She was able to repair her house in the past year. Leiua used the loan to buy a shovel, chemicals, and [...]
Ia Ieremia recently finished paying off her first loan on Kiva, which she took out a year ago. She has another loan on Kiva now, which you recently funded. A Kiva Fellow caught up with Ia on December 2, 2009. [...]
Ia Ieremia saw a picture of her business profile on Kiva and says that it’s nice to see all the people who lent her money. She thanks them for the help. The loan helped her pay for school fees, healthcare for [...]