Daily life for Lautalie, 44, is weaving fine mats to sell to tourists and locals. Her business is successful, because she understands the quality and design her customers are looking for in these hand-crafted mats. Tourists appreciate the artfulness of the mats, and locals appreciate her knowledge of traditional themes, which they use for special occasions.
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.