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Faga Centre - Group 1
In this Group: Faamaimauaso, Iseaso, Leatuvai, Mele, Merita, Paula, Tolopa
For these 7 women of Faga on the island of Savaii, these are their first loans from SPBD. They all undertook 4 weeks of training on managing a business, maintaining a savings account and then passed a written test on the SPBD principles: business, savings, weekly meetings, payments and group guarantee. Over the next 52 weeks, they will support each other in their individual business development and to guarantee on-time payments.

Faamaimauaso T. (27, married, 2 children) will purchase knives, timber, varnish and other materials to produce fine mats.

Iseaso M. I. (37, married, 4 children) is starting a bingo business. She needs a loan to purchase bingo sets.

Leatuvai T. (31, married, 1 child) will purchase a fence, taro roots, knives, a filing (knife sharpener) and planting sticks to produce cocoa.

Mele T. (37, married, 5 children) will purchase chicken legs, soy sauce, onions, Chinese onions, sauce and tin foil to bake and sell BBQ.

Merita A. (38, married, 9 children) will purchase a fishing boat, 2 nets, flashlight, a spear and a pair of goggles to fish and sell the catch 3 days a week.

Paula T. (36, married, 4 children) will purchase flour, sugar, oil, egg, baking soda, baking powder, yeast and other ingredients to bake pies, donuts, buns, etc..

Tolopa S. (45, married, 6 children) will purchase a weed-killing sprayer, chemicals, a knife, filings and an axe to cultivate and sell taro, bananas and tuamu, etc..

Additional Information

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.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Samoa

  • $5,200
    Average annual income
  • 12
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $8,121,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.7
    Samoa Tala (WST) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Faga Centre - Group 1's $1,950 loan helped a member purchase of chemicals, a weed killing sprayer, bush knives, etc.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 14, 2008
Mar 30, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 3, 2009