Talamoi is not only a tailor for people of all ages and sizes but also an elei designer and printer. She sews for both individuals and groups, like churches and businesses. Her main expenses, apart from her loan repayments, are for paint and designed boards for her prints. Although they are expensive she is not weakened, as she strongly believes that it is worth the effort and the time, especially as her prints are sometimes used on the clothes she sews. She earns three hundred tala a week from sewing and more if her elei prints are sold.
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.