Isu P.’s family is not well off. They struggle to find things or beg other neighbors for necessities to survive. When Isu heard about our program, she decided to use the opportunity given by the SPBD program to provide financial assistance for her and her family. She used her skills in baking and selling her Samoan pastries (faapapa) to the local people. She focuses on baking a traditional Samoan pastry made of sugar, flour and a mixture of ripe bananas. The mixed ingredients are baked in the traditional Samoan oven. Isu walks around the village to sell her cooked pastries until they are all sold out. Finding her idea to be a success, Isu is looking forward to buying a second hand oven to bake on instead of going through the long process of baking her pastries in a traditional Samoan oven.
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.