Matila is 24 years old and married with 3 children. She wants to start a small business making and selling weaving mats, weaving hats, weaving fans, and fine mats in her community. To do this, she needs a loan to buy pandanus, paints, feathers, and painting brushes. In the future, Matila hopes to improve her business to help her family matters and her kids' education. She joined SPBD in 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.