A loan of $400 helped to invest in expanding her business.

Mativa's story

Mativa I. is 21 and is married with one child. She owns a business venture catching and selling ocean-caught fish and has three years of experience in this business.

Mativa needs a loan of WST 1,000 to invest in expanding her business. She plans to use the earnings from her business (estimated to be 600 talas or approximately USD 233 per week) to improve and expand her business.

In 2010, Mativa joined SPBD and this is her first loan. SPBD's loans are her 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.

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