"Tuulima T. (0) is a 84-year-old woman living in the town of Vaovai. She is widowed and has 10 adult -aged children. To make a living, Tuulima owns & operates a business venture in the agriculture sector raising crops. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for the business comes primarily from planting & harvesting taro for sale. Tuulima has been engaged in this business for over 3 years and earns approximately 350 WST a month from these activities.
In 2005, Tuulima joined SPBD to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Tuulima has successfully repaid a previous loan of 1250 WST from SPBD. This previous loan was used to purchase general farm supplies & equipment. Tuulima is now requesting a new loan of 1000 WST which will be used to rent land to raise additional crops. The loan will be the 5th loan taken out by the borrower from SPBD. Tuulima plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand the borrower's business.
SPBD's mission is to improve the quality of life of people living in poverty in the poor island nations of the South Pacific. SPBD's philosophy of lending is based on a respect for each individual's innate human ingenuity, drive and self esteem.
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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.