Elena V. (0) is a 38-year-old woman living in the town of Maninoa, Siumu. She is married and has six adult children.
Elena owns and operates a tailoring business, providing children's tailoring services to local community members. She has been engaged in this business for over four years and earns approximately 800 WST a month.
In 2004, Elena joined SPBD to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and her ability to engage in business activities. She has successfully repaid a previous loan of 3,200 WST from SPBD. This previous loan was used to purchase a new sewing machine.
Elena is now requesting a new loan of 3,000 WST which will be used to purchase additional tailoring equipment such as needles and thread. The loan will be her 6th from SPBD. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve and expand her 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.