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Lesina is 29 years old and is married with three children. Lesina owns and operates a business venture, selling specialty hand-woven products to tourists and local community members. She has two years of experience in this business. Lesina needs a loan of WST 1500 to purchase raw materials to make mats and mattresses. She plans to use the profit from her business (estimated to be 450 talas or $188 per week) to improve and expand the business.

In 2010, Lesina 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 Lesina's second loan with SPBD.

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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
  • 63
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $8,626,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.4
    Samoa Tala (WST) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $650 helped Lesina to purchase raw materials to make mats and mattresses.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 6, 2011
Oct 28, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 27, 2012