Orepa is 43 years old, married, and has six children. She plans to start a small business, making elei (Samoan printed cloth) and sewing.
Orepa is requesting a loan, which she will use to buy a new sewing machine and some paints and materials for the elei. She will use her profits to expand her business. Orepa joined SPBD in 2010 to gain access to financial services.
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.