Taupou is 29 years old and married with three children. She owns and operates a small store in her community. She has been doing this for two years. Taupou needs a loan to buy noodles, cigarettes, snacks, bags of sugar, salt, and flour. She hopes to use her profits to expand her business. She became a member of SPBD in 2011 to gain access to capital for 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.