Lavalenesi is 41 years old and married with seven children. She runs a small business selling ice cakes in her community and has been doing this for six years. Lavalenesi has requested a loan to buy cordials, sugar, foam cups, large spoons, and Chinese candy. She joined SPBD in 2010 to gain access to capital. With her earnings, Lavalenesi will help with her children's education.
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.