A loan of $1,200 helped to purchase weed-killers.


Susitina's story

Susitina F. is 54 years-old and married with three children. She owns a business planting and harvesting taro for sale. Susitina has many years of experience in this business. Susitina needs a loan of WST $3,000 to purchase weed-killers such as Gramoxome. She plans to use the earnings from her business (estimated to be 800 talas or US $333 per week) to improve and expand the business. Susitina has joined Kiva partner SPBD and this is her fifth loan with them. SPBD's loans are Susitina's only access to capital because she was never able to qualify for a loan with traditional banks. About SPBD: In 2000, Greg Casagrande founded SPBD and since then, it has expanded from the main island of Upolu in Samoa to Savaii andTonga. SPBD's philosophy of lending is based upon the Grameen Bank lending method. Please join SPBD's lending team on KIVA to receive on-the-spot updates on SPBD. http://www.kiva.org/community/viewTeam?team_id=8375



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