Lise is a 34 year old woman who is married with 6 children. She runs a business sewing in her community. She has many years of experience with this business. Lise has requested a loan to buy a new sewing machine, material, thread, and needles. She plans to use her profits to pay for her children's school fees and to improve her household. She joined SPBD in 2001 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.