Concrete Balusters for the Construction Industry
Village: Vaimoso, Samoa

Tina used her creativity, industrious work effort and a loan from MicroDreams to implant herself right into the middle of the Samoan construction industry. Tina took out a ST$ 750 (about US$ 270) loan to purchase molding cases, a vice, iron rods and cement mix to enable her to start producing concrete balusters at her home. Using the tools, iron rods and concrete mix she can make a finished concrete baluster in about three hours. She can sell a baluster for ST$ 50 (about US$ 18) and is now producing and selling 40 balusters per week. That’s 120 hours per week (her operation is truly around the clock!). Her balusters are used for new Western style homes and offices, and Tina has now lined up several local contractors to whom she supplies her product. Tina, a mother of five is also now able to afford significant improvements in her very basic home and can afford to give all of her children a good education and a good environment in which to grow up. She is just one of MicroDreams’ shining examples of formerly poor members who are now supercharged micro-entrepreneurs. MicroDreams has directly helped Tina via its partnership with the South Pacific Business Development Foundation of Samoa.