Mutia is a 55-year-old married mother of 5 kids. Two of her children have moved overseas but the rest are still in Samoa. Mutia used to regularly rely on remittances from her overseas children until she joined the Program last year. Since then, she has started a taro plantation and started making her own money from selling taro to the market and fellow villagers.
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.