Tusitala is 54 years old and married with one child. She owns and operates a small store, selling items such as rice, sugar, flour, salt, onions and tinned fish. She has been doing this for 7 years. Tusitala needs a loan to buy sacks of flour, sugar, bags of rice, snacks, soft drinks, tinned fish, dripping oil, salt, corn beef and onions. She hopes to use her profits to extend her shop. She became a member of South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) in 2010 to gain access to capital for her business.
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.