Mariana S. is 58 years old, married, and has 3 children. She owns a business venture, selling pancakes (fried flour pancakes flavored with lemon or coconut jam). Mariana has 4 years of experience in this business. Mariana needs a loan of WST$2500 to buy flour, flavoring, sugar, and plastic bags. She plans to use the earnings from her business (estimated to be 250 talas or US $104 per week) to pay for her children's tuition fees.
In 2007, Mariana joined SPBD. This is her 4th loan with SPBD. SPBD's loans are Mariana 's only access to capital because she was never able to qualify for a loan with traditional banks.
In 2000, Greg Casagrande founded SPBD and since then, it has expanded from the main island of Upolu in Samoa to Savaii, as well as Tonga. SPBD's philosophy of lending is based upon the Grameen Bank lending method. Please join SPBD's lending team on KIVA to receive on-the-spot updates on SPBD. http://www.kiva.org/community/viewTeam?team_id=8375
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.