Tusiga lives in a small Samoan village with her husband. Her five children live with her sister in Samoa’s capital because there are better schools there. Tusiaga works hard to be able to fund her children’s education through her taro sales. However, there have been many incidents of her crop having been reduced by theft or by wild animals digging it up. To protect her valuable income (and children’s education funds), Tusiga is seeking loan funds to purchase a barrier fence to enclose her crop.
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.