Tala is a 58 year old seamstress, married with 4 kids, 2 working in American Samoa for a fishing company, one locally employed at Aggie Grey Hotel and one finishing school next year. Tala’s business has provided so much support in her family that she was able to finance her children’s schooling. Tala will no longer be able to tailor, due to her eye sight. She aims to develop their family plantation because she believes that she’s got the strength together with the husband to work towards achieving and getting good income.
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.