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Tuamasaga of Samatau is married with 6 children and is pictured above with some of the products from her sewing business. Like many other women with sewing businesses, Tuamasaga now benefits from having the skills and materials to be able to sew. Nowsdays, it is very expensive to buy ready made clothes from the stores, and for Tuamasaga, her business is timely as her 6 children are now all in school and she does not have to worry about getting their school uniforms made.

The other event which she does not have to worry anymore about is White Sunday. This is a major event for the children and again, new clothing is one major cost for White Sunday. Now that she has her own sewing machine and business, those are now off her list of worries. She looks happy as she shows some of the finished products from the business, thanks to SPBD.

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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
  • 27
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $8,620,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $700 helped Tuamasaga for a sewing machine, school fees, and home improvement.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 7, 2007
Sep 23, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 15, 2009