Sitaua is a hard-working woman of forty-nine years of age. She has eight children that live with her in a small village in Samoa. Sitaua strives very hard. She is very grateful for the support of her husband and children in helping her reach her dreams. She makes snacks to sell at a canteen that she operates on Fridays and Saturdays in the local village. She sells flavored ices, cakes, buns and a variety of packaged snacks. Sitaua feels confident that investing time and money in her business is the only way to really bring in the extra income necessary to raise her family’s standard of living.
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.