Sisi is a nineteen year-old lady from the village of Sagafili Mulifanua. She is running a small business and she sells bags of popcorn at the village primary school. The school is open five days of the week and therefore she sells five days only. Sisi prefers to sell her stuff at the school compound which she thinks is a better market than anywhere else. Sisi finished school last year and then she stayed home to look after her parents. She wanted something to do and when she heard about the SPBD loan program, she thought that this would be a good help for her and the family. She is waiting for her first loan and this money will be used to buy bags, a gas oven and ingredients for the pop corn business. She is an active member and she is making a good start already.
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.