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Total loan: $1,925
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Sili 2 Centre - Group 1


A loan of $1,925 helped a member purchase of bush knives, spades, knife filings, etc….


Sili 2 Centre - Group 1's story

The village of Sili on Savaii Island is one of the well-endowed villages in terms of natural resources. It has very rich soil, with a large number of springs and creeks which serve as natural irrigation for farms located at the foot of the mountain ranges. Most of the households in Sili village farm taro, bananas and vegetables. They sell their products in the capital town of Salelologa, which is about 40 kilometers from the village. The village learned about SPBD through the radio talk-back shows and from a meeting SPBD staff made with a village chief. After the successful training of the first loan group in Sili village, more women became interested in the SPBD savings and loan program. The village chief has convened the village council, endorsed the SPBD program and encouraged women in the village to join. They are now thinking of putting up a string of stalls by the roadside so that women sell their produce to passersby as an alternative to going to the Salelologa market.

Sili 2 group will be using their loans for the following purposes:

Eseta L. (45, married, 2 children): purchase 2 bush knives, 2 knife filings (sharpeners), spades, workers to cultivate and sell taro, tuamu and bananas.

Lina I. (60, widow, 8 children): purchase a knife, spade, filing, 3 bush knives and other farming equipment to grow and sell taro, tuamu and yams.

P. Komisi (45, widow, 2 children): purchase a bush knife, filing, spade and other farming equipment to cultivate and sell popcorn, taro and yams.

Ruta T. (50, married, 6 children): purchase 2 knives, a pick, a filing, a rake and other farming equipment to grow and sell taro and bananas.

Sau T. (48, married, 4 children): purchase 5 bush knives, a weed killing sprayer and workers to grow and sell taro and yams.

Silifu T. (38, married, 2 children): purchase 3 bush knives, a spade, a filing and other farming equipment to grow and sell taro, bananas, and tuamu.

Sulesa I. (36, married, 1 child) purchase 2 knives, a filing, a wheel barrow, a spade and a weed killing sprayer to cultivate and sell taro and bananas.

Toaiga A. (43, married, 7 children) purchase a bush knife, filing, spade and other farming equipment to grow and sell taro and bananas.

Tofe A. (24, married, 2 children) purchase 2 knives, 2 filings, boots, a weed killing sprayer to cultivate and sell taro and bananas.

In this group: Eseta, Lina, Petasa, Ruta, Sau, Silifu, Sulesa, Toaiga, Tofe
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Loan details

Loan length:

14 months
Disbursed date: April 27, 2008
Facilitated by Field Partner: South Pacific Business Development (SPBD)

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Loan details

Loan length:

14 months
Disbursed date: April 27, 2008
Facilitated by Field Partner: South Pacific Business Development (SPBD)