Asa P. is a 33-year-old woman who lives in the town of Samalaeulu Leauvaa. She is married and has 4 school-aged children. To make a living, Asa grows and sells fruits and vegetables. Asa has been engaged in this business for over 3 years and earns approximately 320 WST a month from these activities.
In 2008, Asa joined SPBD to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Asa has successfully repaid a previous loan of 750 WST from SPBD. She used her previous loan to buy farm supplies and equipment. Asa is now requesting a new loan of 1500 WST to buy farm supplies and equipment. This will be Asa's second loan from SPBD. Asa plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve her family's living conditions.
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.