Having more than five children in Samoan family is not a good result in some parents, especially in rural area but Namo M. from the village of Solosolo has tried her best for her five kids, she joined SPBD Programme in 2004. She had training with Tourism Authority for only two weeks based on small businesses and since then has used her loans from SPBD for her taro plantation, vegetable garden and donut business.
Namo is pictured in front of her beach fales which are in the background. She wishes to use her Kiva loan to build another fale.
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.