Faalua is in her fifties and an expert in elei, traditional Samoan fabric printing. She designs and prints elei with her children. Faalua is on her fourth loan, and she is still expanding her business. Faalua’s son attended art school, and he is good at designing and cutting different patterns. His job is cutting the dress and shirt patterns, and Faalua designs and paints the sarongs. These designs can also be applied on men’s wear like alo’a (shirts) and ladies' wear like puletasi (formal female clothing). She can also create logos for organizations, companies and communities.
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.