Gaupule is a 49 year old mother of 6 daughters, all grown up and married with kids. They’re all in Samoa with 2 of them still living together with her and 4 living on their own at different villages. Gaupule’s talent was been taught to her by her mother, and she’s now passing it on to her two daughter staying together with her. Gaupule has introduced some new creative ideas to her business, by adding names on her bags, flowers and tapa prints. She can make different types of bags, from square, rectangular, oval, heart shaped and much more in desired sizes to suit their shapes. Her regular customers are gift shops, hotels and flea market owners. Gaupule admits that her business may have good markets, but she still needs the modern tools to make the job fast and time. With her requested loan, she plans to take her business up to another level, not just by selling them to her customers for the public, but she will be selling themdirectly to the public at a very affordable price.
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.