Aufata Sipini, 47, is married with 6 children. She has many years of experience in the vegetable garden business. She sells to the villagers and the general public 3 days per week. She has had 4 previous loans with SPBD. She expects her weekly net cash flow to be 500 Tala (about US $165). SPBD loans are Aufata's only access to capital because she was never able to qualify for a loan with traditional banks.
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.