A loan of $650 helped to purchase additional products to sell.

Rasela's story

Rasela 40, is married and has five children.

Rasela owns and operates a business venture selling a variety of products in the local community. She has many years of experience in this business.

Rasela needs a loan of WST $1,500 to purchase additional products to sell, such as tin fish, flour, sugar, salt, laundry soap and toilet rolls. She plans to use the profit from her business (estimated to be 300 WST or US $125 per week) to improve and expand the business.

In 2010, Rasela joined SPBD to gain access to financial services. Most of SPBD's clients are unable to borrow from commercial banks because they lack collateral. This is Rasela's second loan with SPBD.

*SPBD evaluates the living conditions of each of its borrowers. Generally, a loan manager evaluates a variety of social metrics on a scale of 1 to 3 (the higher the number, the better off the person is) and these are averaged for the overall social metric score. For example, a 3 out of 3 on "level of education" would mean that the borrower has graduated from university.

About SPBD:
In 2000, Greg Casagrande founded SPBD to improve the quality of life of people living in poverty in the poor island nations of the South Pacific. SPBD's philosophy of lending is based on a respect for each individual's innate human ingenuity, drive and self esteem. Please join SPBD's lending team on Kiva to receive on-the-spot updates on SPBD.

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