Maria is a 32-year-old married woman with six children. She cooks and sells BBQ in her community to earn a living. She has one year of experience with this business. Maria needs a loan to buy an oven, chicken leg quarter, sausages, mutton flaps, soy sauce and onions. She plans to use her profits to pay her children's school fees. Maria has been a member of SPBD since 2012.
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.