Faleala is forty-three years old and is married with five children. Faleala owns and operates a business venture, catching and selling ocean-caught fish. She has many years of experience in this business.
Faleala needs a loan of WST $2,000 to purchase fishing equipment including hooks and nets. She plans to use the profit from her business (estimated to be 400 talas or US $167 per week) to improve the business.
In 2009, Faleala joined SPBD to gain access to financial services. Most of SPBD's clients are unable to borrow from commercial banks, because they lack collateral. This is Faleala's 3rd loan with SPBD.
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.