Uputo is a 42 year old married woman with 3 children. She makes and sells ice cream in her community to earn a living. She has many years of experience in this business. Uputo needs a loan to buy foam cups, a tank, ice, a sack of sugar and a freezer. She plans to use her profits to support her family and improve her business. Uputo has been a member of SPBD since 2013.
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.