Marie is 47 years old and married with two children. She runs a small business selling fast foods at a stall in her community and has been doing this for two years. Marie has requested a loan to pay for her kid's school fees and ingredients needed for making food to sell. She joined SPBD in 2009 to gain access to capital. With her earnings, Marie will expand 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.