Asosaasaa is married with five children. She is very talented in sewing different types of styles, and she has been doing this business for a long time. Although she earned some money at the beginning, it was still not enough because there weren’t enough clients, plus she depended on these clients providing their own materials. When she received her first loan of ST$750, she bought her own materials and either sold the finished clothing at the flea markets or she provided for all her customers by her own money and they repaid her later. Asosaasaa is hoping to get another loan to help with the extension of the business by building a stable place to sell her sewing materials with very good service. She can also pay her kids' school fees with the money she gets from the business.
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.