Avei is one of the oldest members in the program, still doing well with her business. She’s 55 year old woman and is still strong with a bright mind. Avei is now a grandmother of 26 grandchildren, and is looking after 9 of them. Avei started her shop from selling taro, bananas, coconuts and Samoan cocoa. Her shop is now one of the famous shops in the Falealii District about 35 kilometres from the town centre of Apia. But Avei still believes that she’s still strong and willing to expand and provide a much better service to her district. She’s requesting this loan to do maintenance to her shop and to set up a telephone centre to provide this service for people that don’t have phones.
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.