Total loan: $450


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Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu / Food

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A loan helped to buy three boxes of fish that she can sell in her community.

Charline's story

Charline Matahkau lives in an urban district that is a 10-minute drive from the city of Port Vila, Vanuatu. Her community is very small and the main sector is the food industry. Despite the pandemic, the locals have always been supportive of one another.

Charline Matahkau is 35 years old. Her partner is a security guard and they have two children, ages 12 and 5. Her older child attends a local primary school on her home island of Pentecost, which is where her grandparents live. The school is 222 kilometers away from the city. She lives in a small shanty home with her partner and her younger child.

Charline Matahkau is requesting a loan to buy three boxes of fish that she can keep in her deep freezer in her home island of Pentecost. The demand for fish in that community is very high, so she will be able to use her business profits to invest in her children’s education. Charline Matahkau dreams of becoming the largest fish seller in her community. Eventually, she would like to open her own store in an area where many customers pass by.

This is Charline Matahkau’s fifth loan with SPBD – Vanuatu. She has been dependable with her previous loan repayments. By having access to the loans, she feels empowered to expand her business so that her children can have something they can own in the future.