Making beautiful Samoan handicrafts begins with knowledge of the land and the people, and that is what attracts so many to the beautiful art of traditional Samoan crafts. Tauloto is a 26-year old single mother. Financial self-sufficiency is a daily struggle for Tauloto, and her flea market stall is her only means to achieve this goal. She stocks the stall that she rents at the local flea market with traditional Samoan handicrafts made by her and others in her village. She is seeking a loan in order to pay flea market rents and purchase some tools to aid her in making crafts to sell at her stall.
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.