Gautaala is a 53 year old widow with 6 children. She is still operating her elei design business, selling lavalava around her village and at town. Gautala applied for another loan to purchase more materials and tools for her elei business, wants to renovate her home and also needs the money to assist in paying her kids shool fees. Therefore, the following will be utilised with the money she is applying for;to buy painting tools and designs, fabric, fabric paints, timber, cement, school fees. She hopes to save more of her profits for immediate family needs and also things needed for her business. She has been a member of SPBD since 2009.
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.