A loan of $3,900 helped a member to purchase wooden canoes, fishing nets, swimming shoes, a spear, a torch (flashlight), goggles and other fishing gear.


Salelavalu Tai Centre - Group 1's story

Salelavalu Tai is a fishing village next to the capital town of Salelologa on the Savaii Island of Samoa. The village has a well-organized womens' committee. When one of the villagers heard about South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) opening up in Savaii over the radio, she immediately headed to the SPBD field office to ask for details.

A SPBD staff member visited the village and conducted a preliminary meeting to orient them to microfinance. The first group of women attended four sessions of training and were assisted in drawing up their respective business plans. Most of the ladies have existing fishing activities. Their husbands and sons do the fishing, and the wives and daughters sell the fish in the Salelologa market, which is about 20 kilometers from the village. They are very hardworking ladies and they look forward to the loans from SPBD.

In this group: Aiso, Faatasiga, Lagi, Lei, Leuma, Lilia, Litia, Manuae, Mesepi, Molimoli, Penina, Tumema, Tuuipo, Uliuli



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