Suafai, 32, is a mother of 2 grown up children. She runs a grocery shop in the village of Matautu-Uta -- about 5 kilometers from the central town of Apia, Samoa. Her husband is unemployed but working in their extended family’s plantation. Suafai is a volunteer member for the Catholic Church, doing community work for people in need. She’s a very Christian lady that loves to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Even with her shop, she believes that with her good work, it has brought so much success in her business, and also happiness in her family. Suafai’s goal is to become a good model for the other ladies in their village, to become business women to be able to provide their kids with better education.
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.