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Lisa Tila
Lisa Tila is a married mother of four. She resides in a small Samoan village. She is twenty-seven years old and is following in her elder sister’s footsteps in baking and selling muffins to support her family. Lisa’s husband is unemployed although he sometimes helps her with the muffin-making business. With a loan, she hopes to finance the purchase of bulk supplies to reduce her costs. Lisa works closely with her elder sister, Orepa, on this business. Orepa and Lisa’s ambition is to be able to expand their business to the point of opening up a muffin shop in Samoa’s capital city, Apia.

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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
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $850 helped Lisa Tila to buy ingredients for her muffins.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
18 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 24, 2007
May 9, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 7, 2008