Telesia is 34 years old and married with 6 children. She makes and sells two-piece Puletasi dresses, shirts and men's pocket Sulu to earn a living and has been doing this for 4 years. Telesia has requested a loan to buy an overlock sewing machine, fabrics, needles and threads. She plans to use her profits to increase her sewing business and support her family. She joined SPBD in 2010 to gain access to financial services.
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.