Faatupu is 50 years old and married with four children. She makes and sells earrings, elei printing on fabric, Samoan kava bowls, etc to earn a living and has been doing this for four years. Faatupu has requested a loan to purchase material for the business. She plans to use her profits to pay her children school fees,and renovate her house. She joined SPBD in 2009 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.