Ana T. is 28 and is married with two children aged 4 and 5. She owns a business venture providing men's tailoring services to local community members. She has one year of experience in this business.
Ana needs a loan of WST 1,000 to purchase additional fabrics and materials. She plans to use the earnings from her business (estimated to be 300 talas or approximately US$111 per week) to improve and expand her business.
In 2010, Ana joined SPBD and this is her first loan. SPBD's loans are her 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.
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.