Unlike most women in her village, Helen managed to gain financial independence from her husband. She achieved this by joining the SPBD microcredit programme. She started her business with just a small shop, but, with the help of a small loan, Helen has been able to buy more fabrics and a sewing machine.
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.