Taumaia and her husband would not be able to cover the expenses of their large family of eight without the income Taumaia earns from running a local food stall in the Samoan village of Faleula. Taumaia’s cordial drinks and pork sandwiches are top sellers in the neighborhood. A loan will help Taumaia purchase additional food supplies (specifically purified water, cordials, pork buns) for her stall and increase the variety of choices and the food quality that she is able to offer her local customers. Taumaia is passionate about growing her business and using the income to make improvements to her family’s living quarters.
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.