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Maria L. is one of the active and hard-working members of the Faleula fou Centre.

She buys corn seeds from the shop and cooks them. She then packs them in plastic bags, and they are sold for one dollar each. This is one of the children’s favorite foods, and she delivers it around the village and at school.

Maria is using her cooking pot to cook her popcorn, and she is looking for easier ways of doing it. This is why Maria is good at paying her loans, because she is still working on producing more supplies for her business.

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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
  • 32
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $8,153,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $850 helped Maria popcorn popper.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 22, 2007
May 6, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 6, 2008