Luatasi is a 36-year-old woman who is married with a large family. She runs a business making elei (Samoan hand printed fabric) in her community. She has three years of experience with this business. Luatasi has requested a loan to buy items such as paints, brushes, design boards, fabrics, etc. She plans to use her profits to improve her business. She joined SPBD two years ago to gain access to financial services.
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.