Anava is a successful seamstress. She hails from the village of Puleia Savaii and is married to a man from Safaatoa Uta, where they are living and which is also the location of her business. She joined SPBD Program in 2005, when her husband resigned from his job. Anava used her last loan of $1750.00 to buy one sewing machine for her business and to pay school fees for her two sons, who are still in school.
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.