Kika F. is a strong 35-year old mother of eleven children from the village of Faleasiu. Having eleven children is not making her nervous or struggle in bringing them up. Her husband is a brick layer by profession who works at Graigs Construction, and also doing extra work for himself on Saturdays, which is giving him extra earnings apart from his salary. Kika’s business is a food stall, doing sandwiches, donuts, fried chicken and sausages. She supplies to the village primary school 5 days a week. With her previous loan she purchased a new gas stove to place in her house for easy preparation of her food. With her requested loan she plans to buy equipment like a frying pan, toaster and other equipment to help provide the best product.
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.