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Oloniu is the secretary of Aleisa C and one of the active members in the Aleisa Center. Oloniu’s business is weaving fine mats, and she also runs a shop at the front of her house. These fine mats are used for faalavelave and for many of Samoan special occasions such as funerals and weddings. The mats (Ie Sina or Ie Toga) in the Samoan way of life (faasamoa) are one of the treasured goods of the Samoan people, and they are expensive in price. Oloniu's weaving business is the substitute for the shop in case cash flow is slow. Oloniu is looking at ways of marketing her fine mats overseas, and she is confident that the money from her business will be worthwhile.

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About Samoa

  • $5,200
    Average annual income
  • 109
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $7,709,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Oloniu to buy feathers, paint, and weaving equipments.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 30, 2007
May 12, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 6, 2008