Faatoaga is forty-three years of age and is married with six children.
Faatoaga owns & operates a business venture raising pigs for sale. She has three years of experience in this business. Faatoaga needs a loan of WST $1,000 to build a secured fence to keep the animals safe. She plans to use the profit from her business (estimated to be 500 talas or US $208 per week) to improve/expand the business.
Faatoaga joined SPBD to gain access to financial services. Most of SPBD's clients are unable to borrow from commercial banks, because they lack collateral. This is Faatoaga's 3rd loan with SPBD.
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.