RKC Microfinance – Tino Lavea

Micro-Entrepreneurs impacted by Robert Kennedy College


Borrower Name : Tino Lavea
Village/Centre : Safotu

Loan Amount : 1000 ST, 400 USD
Repayment Term : 12 months

Business Sector : Food
Business Activity : Food Production

Loan Use : Purchase frying pan, spoons, flour, baking soda, forks, etc.

Tino Lavea, 65, is married with eight children and lives in the village of Safotu, Sevaii. She has two years of experience in the ‘pancake’ business and she sells to villagers and the village school four days per week. Tino has no previous loan(s) with SPBD and she will repay her first 1000 ST (~400 USD) loan over a period of twelve months. The expected weekly net cash flow from the pancake business is 200 ST (~80 USD).  SPBD loans are Tino’s only access to capital because she was never able to qualify for a loan at a traditional bank. Tino will use the loan to purchase the equipment and ingredients, including frying pans, spoons, forks, flour, and baking soda, that will enable her to grow and maintain her pancake business. She will use a portion of the proceeds from the business to improve her family plantation.

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