Pouifi is 22 years old and married with three children. She makes and sells elei lavalava (printed sarongs) to earn a living and has been doing this for three years. Pouifi has requested a loan to buy material, brushes and elei board (carved board for making designs). She plans to use her profits to expand her business. She joined SPBD in 2010 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.