Fiaaluai V. is from the village of Lotofaga Safata. She is 35-years old. Fiaaluai runs a sewing business. Fiaaluai is very vocal about being grateful for the sewing talent that she has and that she is able to leverage this talent to provide for her family. By working hard, Fiaaluai is able to sew more than twenty clothing items a day to fulfill the orders that locals place. Local villagers appreciate Fiaaluai’s talents as a tailor and come to her for clothing for special occasions like birthdays, weddings and church events. Fiaaluai is confident that by continuing to work hard and invest in upgrading her sewing supplies and materials, she can ensure her customers remain happy with her product and keep returning for more.
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.