I am only 18 years old and single, but I have always been very supportive of my mother and her younger brothers. I am is the eldest of 5 children. My father passed away two years ago, and he left my mother and her four brothers. I left school at the age of 16 because my mother is had a hard time paying my high school fees. My mother is also a member of Malie J Centre, and through her loan with SPBD she started her own canteen business. I also would like to receive a loan for my barbeque business so I can support my mother and her family.
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.