Matagiaila is 43 years old, married, and has seven children. She owns and operates a flea market stall, which she has been doing for four years.
Matagiaila is requesting a loan, which she will use to purchase materials for her elei (Samoan printed cloth) printing and handicrafts like Samoan weapons for her flea market stall. She hopes to use her profits to expand her business and for home improvement. She joined SPBD in 2009.
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.