Violina is forty four years of age and is married with five children. Violina owns & operates a business venture, selling baked goods in the local community. She has 1 year of experience in this business. Violina needs a loan of WST 2,700 to purchase raw ingredients needed to make products for sale. She plans to use the profit from her business (estimated to be 600 talas or US $250 per week) to improve/expand the business.
Violina joined SPBD to gain access to financial services. Most of SPBD's clients are unable to borrow from commercial banks, because they lack collateral. This is Violina's 5th loan with SPBD.
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.