Talatupu is 40 years old, married and has 6 children. Talatupu uses two means to support herself and her family. She runs a taro plantation and sells her crop at the local markets. Additionally, she weaves mats and sells these mats to locals who use them in their home. As the country of Samoa develops, there are many modernizing influences on society and many feel that their traditional culture is fading. But it is people like Talatupu who keep the knowledge and practice of the traditional crafts alive. In her village she is known for teaching young girls how to weave and feels it is important that women continue to pass on this practice through the future generations. Talatupu has used a previous micro-loan to purchase tools that make her weaving faster and different objects that she can use to decorate the mats. She is known for her original designs. Talatupu is seeking additional loan funds to buy tools for both weaving mats and farming her taro plantation.
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.