A loan of $1,125 helped to buy sugar, styrofoam cups, and cordial (flavoring).

Akenese's story

Akenese U. is 48 and married with six children. She owns a business venture, selling ice-cakes (flavored ice in styrofoam cups). Akenese has 3 years of experience in this business. Akenese needs a loan of WST 2900 to buy sugar, styrofoam cups, and cordial (flavoring). She plans to use the earnings from her business (estimated to be 600 talas or US $250 per week) to financially support immediate members of her family.

In 2007, Akenese joined SPBD. This is her 4th loan with SPBD. SPBD's loans are Akenese'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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