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Most of the school children at Maagiagi village cannot afford to buy breakfast or lunch from their school canteen as it is more expensive for poor kids. Soonalofa is just the solution for them.

She sells popcorn and Samoan cookies five days a week. This is a good alternative and the cheapest one for the poorer students at school. Soonaalofa has also been able to continue to collect good income from selling cookies and popcorn at school. She uses the profit from her business to support her three children's education and to support her family financially.

"At least I can earn something to help out with my children, but I have a personal goal to turn out this small business into a successful big one," said Soonaalofa.

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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
  • 26
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $8,473,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $850 helped Soonalofa buy more supplies for her foodstall at school.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 24, 2007
May 9, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 16, 2008