Malia I. is a 38 year-old woman living in the town of Samatau 3. She is married and does not have any chlidren. To make a living, Malia owns and operates a business venture in the food sector running a food stall. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for the business comes primarily from selling baked goods in the local community. Malia has been engaged in this business for over 4 years and earns approximately 200 Tala WST a month from these activities.
In 2009, Malia joined SPBD to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Malia is requesting for the first time a loan from SPBD. Malia is now requesting a new loan of 1000 Tala WST which will be used to purchase new equipment and tools to expand the business. Malia plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/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.