Rasela is 53 years old, married, and has six children. She makes and sells kava bowls, table mats, Samoan fans, etc., which she has been doing for three years.
Rasela is requesting a loan from SPBD, which she will use to buy rolls of pandanus (a fiber made from screw-pine leaves), materials, kava bowls, earrings, and Samoan bangles. She plans to use her profits to improve her business. She joined SPBD in 2009 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.