Mena is 31, and married with 4 children. She is very poor and sometimes she cannot send her children to school because she cannot afford school fees and bus fares. Mena heard of SPBD through the village women. She decided to join, so she could try and do something of her own. Selling ice cakes is an easy and cheap business for her and so she gave it a try. She is selling her ice cakes to the village people, especially the village school. She is hoping to earn good money, so she can upgrade her family's living.
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.