Meretaeutu is 42 years old and married. She has five children. She wants to start a small business making and selling curry and rice and snack food in her community. To do this, she needs a loan to buy bags of rice, curry powder, chickens, flour, onions and snacks. In the future, Meretaeutu hopes to improve her business to help her kids' educations and her family matters. 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.