Lupe is a 45-year-old woman who is married with six children. She runs a business sewing puletasi and lavalava in her community. She has many years of experience with this business. Lupe has requested a loan to buy a new sewing machine. She plans to use her profits to help her children's education. She joined SPBD in 2012 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.