Christina, who hails from the village of Vaimoso, is 44-years old and has 7 kids. She runs a fast food stall business, which she runs 3 day a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. She sells 50 plates a day at the Vaimoso Primary school, which nets her $52 after all expenses. Her last loan amount was for $725 and now she is reapplying for the same amount in order to expand her fast food stall and to renovate her home. Her business helps her to support her 2 school-aged children by paying for school bills, and also with other obligations such as church donations and loan repayments.
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.