Tautalagia is 65 years old and married with seven children. She wants to start a small business making and selling fans, bags and necklaces in her community. To do this, she needs a loan to buy knives, a chainsaw and wheel barrow. In the future, she hopes to pay her children’s school fees. She joined South Pacific Business Development 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.