A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase additional products to sell.


Sosefina's story

Sosefina is married and 26 years old with four children.

Sosefina owns and operates a business selling ice-cake and popcorn. She has many years of experience in this business. Sosefina needs a loan of WST 2,400 to purchase additional products to sell. She plans to use the profit from her business (estimated to be 200 talas or $83 per week) to financially support immediate members of her family.

In 2007, Sosefina 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 Sosefina's fourth 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 out of 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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