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Salelavalu Tai Centre - Group 1
In this Group: Aiso, Faatasiga, Lagi, Lei, Leuma, Lilia, Litia, Manuae, Mesepi, Molimoli, Penina, Tumema, Tuuipo, Uliuli
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.

Additional Information

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.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Samoa

  • $5,200
    Average annual income
  • 63
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $8,626,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.7
    Samoa Tala (WST) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Salelavalu Tai Centre - Group 1's $3,900 loan helped a member to purchase wooden canoes, fishing nets, swimming shoes, a spear, a torch (flashlight), goggles and other fishing gear.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 27, 2008
Mar 11, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 15, 2009