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Tagiilima is a 45-year old married mother of eight children. While three of her grown children emigrated to New Zealand to seek better employment, the remaining five are young and are still with Tagiilima.

Tagiilima and her husband are fishermen and rely on their fishing expeditions as their sole source of income to provide for their family and finance their children’s education. With the help of an SPBD loan, they have been able to set up a small shop to sell their fishing catch and a few other goods. With the first loan fully repaid, Tagiilima is seeking an additional loan to buy fishing gears and upgrade their fishing nets. Someday, Tagiilima hopes that they can save enough money to expand their shop into a large village store and rely less on their daily catch to cover the expenses of their large family.

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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
  • 66
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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 $900 helped Tagiilima buy fishing gears and other equipment.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
18 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 26, 2007
Apr 10, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 8, 2008