Lagise is a 50-year-old woman who is married with four children. She runs a business sewing and buying clothes in her community. She has three years of experience with this business. Lagise has requested a loan to buy a new sewing machine, thread, a set of needles, and rolling materials. She plans to use her profits to improve her business and help her family and her kids' educations. 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.