Faapalagi is married with nine children. She lives with her husband, children and her mother in a small house. She says that raising her children and providing for her family has been a constant struggle. Faapalagi has used her talent in designing and printing fabrics (by hand) in order to provide for this large family as best she could. However, it wasn’t until she joined SPBD and had access to credit that she was able to really launch a formal business.
She has used previous loans to build up her business, and she now fulfills orders not just from local villagers but also from the retail stores in the capital. She feels confident that she can continue to build up her enterprise and noticeably raise the standard of living of her large family. She will use additional loan funds to purchase more materials, paints and printing plates.
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.