Talalelei is a 49-year-old woman who is married with three children. She runs a sewing business in her community. She has more than 10 years of experience in this business. Talalelei has requested a loan to buy a new sewing machine and more materials. She plans to use her profits to improve her business and pay for her children's school fees. She joined SPBD to gain access to financial services.
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.