Sina S. is a 35-year-old woman living in the town of Faleasiu. She is married and has 4 school-aged children. To make a living, Sina owns & operates a business venture in the agriculture sector raising crops. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for the business comes primarily from planting & harvesting taro for sale. Sina has been engaged in this business for over 3 years and earns approximately $550 WST a month from these activities.
In 2008, Sina joined SPBD to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Sina has successfully repaid a previous loan of $1000 WST from SPBD. This previous loan was used to purchase additional seeds, seedlings & young crops to raise. Sina is now requesting a new loan of $1500 WST which will again be used to purchase additional seeds, seedlings & young crops to raise. Sina plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand her business.
Sina is not affected by the tsunami which hit Samoa on 9/29/09.
SPBD's mission is to improve the quality of life of people living in poverty in the poor island nations of the South Pacific. SPBD's philosophy of lending is based on a respect for each individual's innate human ingenuity, drive and self esteem.
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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.