Living near Yazaki is a blessing for Tai’s business. She makes a hundred traditional cakes, known as faapapa, a day and all of them are sold instantly by employees of the Yazaki Company. Her profit includes two hundred tala for flour and other ingredients for the cakes and three hundred tala for her loan repayments as well as income for herself and the whole family.
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.