Vaelua is a 36-year-old woman with 4 children. She owns and operates a business, sewing and selling elei dresses, ielavalava (a traditional Polynesian cloth worn as a skirt by men and women) and t-shirts. She has 2 years of experience in this line of business. Vaelua needs a loan to buy an overlock sewing machine, materials, fabric, color paint, elei carved board, brushes and stencils. She hopes to use her profits to support her family. Vaelua joined SPBD in 2013.
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.