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Pepe is a married woman, with five school children, living in the Faleapuna village. She operates a flea market business, selling peas, coconuts used to make creams, Samoan cocoa to make tea, and other items like brooms, fine mats and bananas. She joined the SPBD program in June 2005 when she needed help for her business. Her husband is unemployed but helps Pepe run the business. To upgrade their way of living, pay the kids' school fees, and pay food expenses were the reasons Pepe decided to open a small business because before this they relied heavily on overseas remittance.

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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
  • 31
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $8,468,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $875 helped Pepe to buy fine mats and boards for printing.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 14, 2007
Mar 29, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 31, 2008