Juanita is a 43-year-old woman who is married with 4 children. She runs an elei (traditional, painted clothing) business in her community. She has many years of experience with this business. Juanita has requested a loan to buy fabric materials, paints, brushes, designs, etc. She plans to use her profits to support her family and to maintain her business. She joined SPBD in July 2012 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.