Fonofili is 44 years old and married with five children. She runs a small business selling chopsuey, chicken curry, steamed rice, and bbq in her community and has been doing this for two years. Fonifili has requested a loan to purchase more chickens, bags of rice, onions, curry powder, soya, and a new gas oven. She joined SPBD in 2009 to gain access to capital. With her earnings, Fonofili will improve her business and help her kids with their education.
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.