Tafaoga is a 35-year-old woman who is married with five children. She runs a business selling lollies, noodles, sugar, salt, etc in her community. She has five years of experience with this business. Tafaoga has requested a loan to buy a box of mutton flaps, chicken, sausages, snacks, boxes of herring, laundry soap, mosquito coils, seasoning oil, soy sauce and soft drinks. She plans to use her profits to extend their house. She has been a member of SPBD since 2008.
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.