Serafina is 46 years old and married with seven children. For the past two years, she has owned and operated a business planting and harvesting taro. Serafina joined SPBD in 2010 to gain access to financial services and this will be her second loan. Most of SPBD's clients are unable to borrow from commercial banks because they lack collateral.
Serafina is requesting a 1500 WST loan to purchase general farm supplies and equipment. She plans to use the profit from her business (estimated to be 600 WST or 250 USD per week) to improve the general living conditions of 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.