Maria is a 29-year-old woman who is married with four children. She runs a canteen business in her community. She has two years of experience with this business.
Maria has requested a loan to buy a box of noodles, a box of beewee snacks, bread, a box of tuna tins, fish, mayonnaise and ice cream. She plans to use her profits to expand her business. She has been a member of SPBD since 2011.
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.