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Maria Falanika
Maria is a 37-year-old married woman with six children. She has a small plantation and grows taro and yam to earn a living. She has been doing this for many years. Maria has requested a loan to expand her business. She has been a member of SPBD since 2010. With her profits Maria hopes to give her children better education.

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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
  • 24
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $8,137,750
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.3
    Samoa Tala (WST) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $450 helped Maria Falanika to buy a wheel barrow, a bush knife, shovels and fertilizers to expand her farming business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 15, 2012
Nov 18, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 17, 2013