Pola is 36 years old, married and has six children. For the last three years, she has run a small business selling food in her community. She is requesting a loan to buy chicken, fish, bananas, taro, sacks of flour and other items. She joined SPBD in 2010 to gain access to capital. With her earnings, Pola 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.