P. is married with 7 children and 18 grandchidren.
She has two businesses. She runs a small general store in her village of Moataa. She also makes special mats.
She is a member of one of the best village groups in the SPBD program, and winner of the first best cente r prize in 2001.
She has paid back more than 5 loans since joining SPBD and these loans have helped her build her store, stock her store as well as do some home improvements including a new roof. With this particular loan she needs to buy a fridge/freezer as the one she has is outgrown the demand for frozen meat in the neighbourhood. She also will put flywire on the house to protect it from mosquitoes. Moataa village is located in a protrected mangrove area on the outskirts of Apia.
Another activity she has is making special mats as the one which is in the photo. Mats are very popular in Samoa. The one pictured here will be used for decoration, not walking on.
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.