Telesia S. is a 50 year old mother of three children. One of her daughters is a lawyer. Telesia is looking after her grandson and uses most of her time at home to grow and plant flowers beside her house. She is one of the oldest members of the Aleisa borrowing center and this is her sixth loan. When it’s too hot in the daytime, Telesia will do her elei printing. She sells her plants and flowers from home, and she also delivers her lavalava (a Samoan sarong) to the village shops.
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.