Muaileval Leaana is a sixty three year old lady who is married with eight children. Most of her kids are moving overseas to look for a better future, and now there are just two children living at home with her and her husband. Apart from that, she’s not relying on them for financial resources because she knows that they will eventually develop their own families as well. Muaileval Leaana would like to make ice-cakes and pancakes, not only to earn some money to live, but to use her time at home because she’s no longer able to do heavy duties; therefore, she’s applying for the amount of US $700 to buy the ingredients needed for her business, and to buy some cement, timbers, and iron roofing materials for house repairs. She's very happy with the SPBD program and hopes to stay in it for a long time.
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.