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Daily life for Lautalie, 44, is weaving fine mats to sell to tourists and locals. Her business is successful, because she understands the quality and design her customers are looking for in these hand-crafted mats. Tourists appreciate the artfulness of the mats, and locals appreciate her knowledge of traditional themes, which they use for special occasions.

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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
  • 71
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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 $725 helped Lautalie to purchase materials for weaving fine mats like pandanus leaves, paints, flx, feathers, dyes and some cutters and clippers.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 26, 2007
Mar 10, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 26, 2008