Alaisea commenced in SPBD in 2004 and is one of only a few women who have progressed through paying off seven loans. Her business is a stall at the main market in the capital of Apia. This is a popular place to buy personal and household items along with Samoan handicrafts and is frequented by both local people and tourists.
Not only has Alaisea graduated to the highest loan of any member in the SPBD program, she also has won the Businesswoman of the year award two years in a row in 2005 and 2006. This is an award given to seven of the best businesswomen in our program. That is seven out of over 2000. She is the only member to have won it more than once. She has won three times.
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.