Olepa is a 40-year-old married woman with four children. She keeps a small vegetable garden to earn a living. She has been doing this for two years. Olepa has requested a loan to buy veggie seeds, chemicals, fertilizer, and sprayers. She became a member of SPBD this year. With her profits, Olepa hopes to pay for her family's weekly expenses.
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.