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Poverty remains a problem in samoa despite overall economic gains by misiona patane

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Misiona Patane Jr. supports charitable activities on behalf of children in Samoa and is a Business Development Manager for Pure Pasifika. Patane earned his MBA from Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Poverty remains a problem in samoa despite overall economic gains by misiona patane

  1. 1. By Misiona Patane
  2. 2. Misiona Patane Jr. supports charitableactivities on behalf of children in Samoa andis a Business Development Manager for PurePasifika. Patane earned his MBA fromBrigham Young University in Salt Lake City,Utah.
  3. 3. Samoa, the first Polynesian nation to reestablishindependence after colonialism, is an islandcountry located in the Pacific Ocean halfwaybetween New Zealand and Hawaii. With apopulation of just under 200,000, the islandsnatural resources are limited to hydropower,fish, and hardwoods and its economytraditionally relies on foreign aid. As tourism andmanufacturing grew in the 2000s, the overalleconomic position of the island rose and povertyhas fallen faster than anticipated.
  4. 4. Despite this progress, access to food and healthcare in Samoa remain problems, with over aquarter of the population living below thepoverty line. While education gains have alsobeen made, universal access to schools is stillinadequate and literacy rates remain low. Inaddition to these overall problems, the 2009tsunami also struck Samoa, killingapproximately 200 people and destroyinginfrastructure. More governmental aid andprivate donations are required for Samoa tocontinue to make gains.

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