A loan of $600 helped to purchase weed-killers such as Gramoxome.

Epenesa's story

Epenesa B. is 21 and married with two children (ages 1 and 5). She owns a business venture, planting & harvesting taro for sale. Epenesa has two years of experience in this business. Epenesa needs a loan of WST 1500 to purchase weed-killers such as Gramoxome. She plans to use the earnings from her business (estimated to be 500 talas or US $208 per week) to improve/expand the business.

In 2009, Epenesa joined SPBD. This is her 2nd loan with SPBD. SPBD's loans are Epenesa'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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