A loan of $425 helped to purchase general farm supplies and equipment.

Marie's story

Marie is 21 years old and married, with one child.

Marie owns and operates a business venture, planting and harvesting fruits and vegetables for sale. She has many years of experience in this business. Marie needs a loan of WST 1000 to purchase general farm supplies and equipment. She plans to use the profit from her business (estimated to be 260 talas or US $108 per week) to improve and expand her business.

In 2011, Marie 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 Marie's first 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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