Telematina is 38 years old and married with two children. She makes and sells weaving fans, 'kava' bowls, 'tapa' cloths, carvings, 'kava' cups, and 'elei' (block printing) materials to earn a living and has been doing this for two years. Telematina has requested a loan to buy wood for carvings, 'pandanus', paints, design boards, and carving tools. She plans to use her profits to improve her business and help her kids' education. She 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.