A loan of $1,225 helped a member purchase supplies for taro farming, including weed killer, pesticides, tools, and taro roots.


Fusi Safotulafai Centre - Group 2's story

For these 5 women of Fusi Safotulafai Centre on the island of Savaii, these are their first loans from SPBD. They all undertook 4 weeks of training on managing a business and maintaining a savings account, and then passed a written test on the SPBD principles: business, savings, weekly meetings, payments, and group guarantee. Over the next 52 weeks, they will support each other in their individual business development and to guarantee on-time payments.

Motu Mataitoga T., 49, is married with 7 children. She is entering the taro business. Her family has a history of farming but not for sale. With her loan, she will purchase a weed killer, pesticides, a filing, and 2,500 taro roots.

Tufaiga A., 35, is married to a farmer and has 6 children. She and her husband have farmed a taro plantation for over 5 years. With her loan, she will purchase a weed killer, pesticides, a bush knife, a filing, and an axe. She plans to earn 120 Tala (~48 USD) per week in net cash flow by selling her taro at the Salelologa market.

Faasalafa V., 48, is married with 4 children. She and her husband have farmed a taro plantation for over 3 years. With her loan, she will purchase pesticides, a bush knife, and a spade. She plans to earn 300 Tala (~120 USD) per week in net cash flow by selling her taro at the Salelologa market.

Silia S., 59, has 2 children and is married to a farmer. She is starting a business selling pancakes (deep fried pieces of dough) and ice cakes (ice cream). With her loan, she will purchase 2 bags of flour, 2 bags of sugar, 2 bags of yeast, 2 cans of cooking oil, and 4 plastic cups. She will sell her food 5 days a week in her village, at the school and to passersby.

Eleoupu P., 43, is married with 4 children. She has over 2 years of experience in taro farming. With her loan, she will purchase a weed killer, pesticides, a knife, and a filing, and also hire 5 workers.

In this group: Motu Mataitoga, Tufaiga, Faasalafa, Silia, Eleoupu
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