A loan of $1,000 helped to buy flour, flavoring, sugar, and plastic bags.

Mariana's story

Mariana S. is 58 years old, married, and has 3 children. She owns a business venture, selling pancakes (fried flour pancakes flavored with lemon or coconut jam). Mariana has 4 years of experience in this business. Mariana needs a loan of WST$2500 to buy flour, flavoring, sugar, and plastic bags. She plans to use the earnings from her business (estimated to be 250 talas or US $104 per week) to pay for her children's tuition fees.

In 2007, Mariana joined SPBD. This is her 4th loan with SPBD. SPBD's loans are Mariana '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, as well as Tonga. 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.

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