Leuatea is a mother of four kids, who are living together in one house. She applied for the750 Tala ($300USD) loan amount and used the money to buy stock to start her small shop she runs from tables inside a small room of her house. It is going well but she would like to build a special room with good shelves to sell her stocks. She hopes that her next loan will be used to complete that project, and make some repairs to her house. She appreciates the help she receives from this program because without it she could not run her business.
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.