Maeva G. is one of the new ladies joining the programme. This is her second loan of $1250 and this is a very busy time for Maeva especially the South Pacific Games on the way here in Samoa. Instead of opening her shop in front of her own house, Maeva rents one of the stores at Fugalei Market which is more profitable because it offers more customers than in the village. She opens six days of the week from six in the morning to five o’clock in the evening. Maeva’s husband is in New Zealand and he sends about five hundred fortnightly to Maeva for the shop. They have no children and Maeva is focusing on improving her business so that she can get more in the weeks of the South Pacific Games.
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.