Lesaoai S., 37, is married with five children. She has four years of experience in the plantation business. She sells to the general public six days per week. She has had two previous loans with SPBD, a Kiva partner. She expects her weekly net cash flow to be 200 Tala.
SPBD loans are Lesaoai’s only access to capital because she was never able to qualify for a loan with traditional banks. Part of the loan will be used to purchase sacks of cement and iron roofing for home improvement.
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.