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Ia I. is a 45--year-old woman living in the town of Toamua. She is married and has three children school-aged children. Ia owns and operates a business venture in the services sector. The main source of income for the business comes primarily from providing general services to local community members. Ia has been engaged in this business for over five years.

In 2005, Ia joined SPBD to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Ia has successfully repaid a previous loan of 2650 tala WST from SPBD. This previous loan was used to purchase materials needed to expand services provided. Ia is now requesting a new loan of $1,050 which will be used to purchase more materials needed to provide her services. The loan will be the 6th loan taken out by the borrower from SPBD. Ia plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand her business.

About SPBD:
SPBD's mission is to improve the quality of life of people living in poverty in the poor island nations of the South Pacific. SPBD's philosophy of lending is based on a respect for each individual's innate human ingenuity, drive and self esteem.

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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
  • 63
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $8,626,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.7
    Samoa Tala (WST) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,050 helped Ia to purchase materials needed to provide service.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 28, 2009
Sep 2, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 15, 2010