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Tuavale is married with two sons, ages nine and eleven. Her husband is a fisherman. While Tuavale used to be employed by a manufacturing plant, she found her wages coupled with her husband’s income could not support her family’s needs and specifically, her sons’ education.

In need of growing their income, Tuavale’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to leave her manufacturing job and use a start-up loan from SPBD to launch her own business. Tuavale has a passion for designing fabric prints and used the loan funds to buy the fabric and materials to start a fabric design and printing business. Now with Tuavale’s business her family has a decent income. She turns a healthy profit and is seeking an additional loan to invest further in her business. She will use the loan to buy more fabric paints and the materials for carving more designs. She sells these printed fabrics to local seamstresses and shops, and they are used for making the dresses that are popular with Samoan women.

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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
  • 67
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $7,683,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Tuavale buy more fabric paints and carved designs for printing.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
18 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 25, 2007
Apr 10, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 8, 2008