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Puna is a thirty two year old unemployed woman, married with five children. Her husband like her is also unemployed, but doing fishing apart from his wife’s business for extra earning for their extended family. With their five children that they’re raising, they are also providing support for Puna’s father, brothers and sisters that are staying together with them. All of her relatives are working in her taro plantation (starchy rootcrop which serves as staple food in Samoa, like rice in Asia or potatoes in other countries) and helping out Puna with her business so that it will become their family business in the future. They’ve planted more than seven thousand taros, and will be harvesting one thousand taros every end of the month.

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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
  • 12
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $8,121,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $825 helped Puna buy planting materials, organic fertilizers and organic pesticides.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 25, 2007
Feb 10, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 26, 2008