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Apiseka is 38 years old. She is married with three children. There are nine people in her family.

Apiseka is a new member; she joined SPBD this year. She is one of the most popular tailors in her village. She has been sewing clothes for more than 10 years, since she was 27 years old. She sews t shirts, puletasi (traditional Samoan garb worn by women) and haloa. Groups also ask Apiseka to make uniforms for them. She earns about $450 WST ($180 USD) a week.

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About SPBD

South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) improves conditions for families living in poverty by providing accessible credit, training, and guidance to help them start, grow and maintain micro-businesses, build assets, finance home improvements, and afford to educate their children. 99% of SPBD’s loans go to women, who can borrow in groups to guarantee one another rather than put up collateral.

About Samoa

  • $5,200
    Average annual income
  • 34
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $8,468,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.7
    Samoa Tala (WST) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $300 helped Apiseka to buy materials and supplies for her sewing business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 3, 2008
Dec 20, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 15, 2009