Matapa is from the Samoan village of Lotofaga Safata. She’s thirty-one years of age with three kids. Her primary goal is business success, and she works hard daily to achieve it. She and her family rely on their daily catch for income. Her husband does most of the fishing, while Matapa’s main job is hauling their catch to the local market and ensuring she is getting good prices. She can earn up to ST 150 (USD 60) a day. Matapa is confident that investing in her and her husband’s fishing business is the best way for to ensure an education and a bright future for her three small children.
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.