Maria is 34 years old and married with five children. She runs a small business selling a variety of lunch items in her community and has been doing this for two years. Maria has requested a loan to buy snacks, soft drinks, coffee, foil, and a chest freezer. She joined SPBD to gain access to capital. With her earnings, Maria will pay for her children's education.
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.