Fialelei is one of the oldest members of the Levi Saleimoa Centre. She is 65 years of age and a widow with 11 children. When her husband passed away 10 years ago, 5 of her children were still in school. It was hard for her -- especially having so many children, and not enough income to support them in terms of school expenses and everyday food. Fialelei is a very hardworking mother and she has struggled so hard to find better futures for her children. Two of her sons are looking after the plantation to help support Fialelei in terms of money, and some of her children are now working in some good government departments. Fialelei is very thankful for such a great opportunity that has made her able to develop her family as well as their business.
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.