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Pepeu is a 59 year old woman, with a weaving business. Pepeu has been doing weaving from the age of 17. She was being taught by her mother in her early teens, because back then, Samoan culture was really strong and if you couldn't weave then you were not a true Samoan lady. One of Pepeu’s works was weaving fine mats that we always have to present during special events, like funerals & weddings. It’s a very special treasure of Samoa. Nowadays we hardly find these treasures, and so women who do weaving are actually benefiting from it, through selling it. For a small size mat, which is about 2 meters long will cost up to US$20, and as the meters go on the price as well goes up. Not only its cost by meters, it’s also it’s priced for how they weave it, and you can imagine how hard it is to make. For a mat 2 meters long, it takes 2 whole weeks to complete, but if you’re a faster weaver it will only take a week.

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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
  • 63
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    Samoa Loans Fundraising
  • $8,626,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $850 helped Pepeu to purchase materials for weaving: pandanus, paints, dyes, feathers, cords and to replace old weaving tools.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 4, 2007
Mar 18, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 31, 2008