Salome is a 45-year-old woman who is married with three children. She makes and sells elei printed materials to earn a living and has been doing this for five years. Salome is asking for a loan to help her pay for her children's school fees. She will also use part of the loan to buy material, stencils, brushes, paint and wooden carved designs. Salome joined SPBD in 2011 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.