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Faleupolu S.’s business is a taro plantation and a fruit farm. Faleupolu is now fifty-five and used to be very bad at counting money. This problem delayed her intention of wanting to start a small business. She has six children who were all raised and supported on her husband’s income of $16 a day from his work. Apart from his work, he also does fishing for extra earning for his children’s school fees. Two of their children have now graduated and are employed in Government Departments.

When Faleupolu actually joined our program, we took extra time to really teach her how to run a business and handle cash. She is now handling her business alone without any help, and is aiming for future improvement in their family 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
  • 26
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $8,473,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $875 helped Faleupolu buy materials for home improvement and fertilizers for her vegetables.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 6, 2007
Sep 20, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 15, 2009