Imoa, 42 years old, of Manunu, has a sewing business. After she joined SPBD, she was able to run her own sewing business, which helps with the development of her family. Her husband has a plantation, which also supports the family, but Imoa now has her own source of income and can make her own children’s clothes. Imoa is also one of the many women that are grateful for SPBD’s assistance as she now has her own business. While she had the skills to sew, it was not until she received assistance from SPBD that she could now really put her sewing skills to good use.
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.