A vision of financial inclusion for the South Pacific
In January 2000, Samoa became our initial and flagship microfinance institution of the SPBD Network. Today, SPBD Samoa is often used to launch new products and pilot initiatives. Our teams work in nearly every village in Samoa and have been financially sustainable since 2007. SPBD currently serves almost 20,000 families in Samoa, almost 60% of households.
Poverty in Samoa remains a challenge. According to the UN, 25% of all Samoan families live below the poverty line of US$2 per day. A substantial portion of the population continues to grapple with limited access to basic necessities such as education, healthcare, and employment opportunities. Additionally, issues such as limited infrastructure development in rural areas exacerbates the problem. Samoa has also been affected by external shocks such as the global economic downturn and, more recently, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
SPBD Samoa by the numbers
Value of loans disbursed
Number of loans made
to hard-working women
Samoa is considered the cultural heart of Polynesia. However, underdevelopment of the financial markets has been identified as a binding constraint to private sector development. There are four commercial banks (ANZ Bank, BSP Bank, National Bank of Samoa, and Samoa Commercial Bank) and other non-bank financial providers (such as the Development Bank of Samoa, the National Provident Fund, and SPBD Samoa) the country still ranked 98th out of 190 economies for ease of doing business (ranking from the best to the worst) in Doing Business 2019 (www.doingbusiness.org).
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