Paula is 39 years old and single with six children. She runs a small business selling barbecue in her community and has been doing this for three years. Paula has requested a loan to purchase soy sauce, boxes of chicken, sausage, tomato sauce, onions and foam plates for her business. She joined SPBD in 2008 to gain access to capital. With her earnings, Paula 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.