A loan of $1,400 helped a member to purchase farm equipment, agricultural supplies (fertilizers, pesticides, weed killers) and pay for additional farm labor.

Salelavalu Uta Centre - Group 2's story

Most of the farms in Salelavalu Uta are planted with taro, bananas, vegetables and fruits. The men do most of the labor on the farm but during harvest time they are joined by the women to harvest the crops and sell them in the neighboring Salelologa market. When the other women in the village learned that a certain group of women already were a part of SPBD's program, they asked for more information and got excited to join.

Faamelea's group is convinced that they have to constantly save some of their earnings on a weekly basis. This is so they will be able to afford things in the future without resorting to borrowing. They are so glad that SPBD not only provides loans but also accepts savings deposits , even as little as one tala (about USD 0.40). As shown in the picture, they are proudly displaying the savings accounts passbooks they have recently acquired with SPBD. The small business loans help them improve their farms and will eventually provide them with higher earnings and of course, higher savings deposits for these hardworking ladies.

In this group: Faamelea, Faamisiona, Lotolelei, Ruta, Vaialua

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