Lavalenesi is 40 years old and married with seven children. She runs a small business selling popcorn in her community. She has been doing this for four years.
Lavalenesi has requested a loan to buy corn seeds, oil, salt and plastic bags for her popcorn-selling business. She joined SPBD in 2009 to gain access to capital. With her earnings, Lavalenesi will help pay for her children's school fees.
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.