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Helen is a 22-year-old single mother with one child. She operates a dressmaking business venture. She has five years of experience in this line of business. Helen needs a loan to buy more variety of fabric, fabric paint and the like, plus a new overlock sewing machine for her business. She hopes to use her profits to improve her business and to support her family financially. She joined SPBD in 2011.

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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
  • 63
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $8,626,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.3
    Samoa Tala (WST) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $875 helped Helen to purchase a new overlock sewing machine, rolls of fabric, thread, needles, fabric paint and brushes.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 24, 2013
Jun 15, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2014