Talosaga is 52 years old and married with 10 children. She makes and sells Samoan fine mats to earn a living and has been doing this for 4 years. Talosaga has requested a loan to buy pandanus (palm-like) leaves, a knife, wool, and thread. She plans to use her profits to re-new her house. She joined SPBD 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.