Sela grew up in Faleula and became a talented fisherman, but at the expense of an education. As a result, when she was married, she did not have any other marketable skills, and her family lived in poverty.
Under the guidance of SPBD, she has put her fishing skills to good use by establishing a small fishing business that caters to locals.
She has been in business for five years, and is now applying for a loan of $850 in order to purchase a new boat to expand her business in order to improve her living conditions as well as provide an education to her five children so that they will have the opportunities that she did not have.
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.