Fiapule is a strong woman and the mother of three children. She and her family live in Siumu B centre. She is a former employee of a privately owned pharmacy in Apia but had to resign as she had nobody to look after her children while she worked. She now works from home and helps her husband with their plantation to earn extra money to cover their everyday expenses and to help out with the kids’ school activities. Selling taro from the plantation earns her more money than she earned working full time. She delivers 2-3 bags of taro once a week to the market and now gets between $250.00 - $300.00 per trip.
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.