Ilo I. is a well-known woman in her village and she believes in herself and in what she is doing. Ilo struggled for a long time due to financial stuff. But I. has achieved one of her goals to become a successful businesswoman. I. works everyday on her plantation to maintain its good condition. She is very happy because she does not worry about anything; she has her own business to run and earns money for herself. Ilo I. receives more than a hundred tala a day from her merchandise she sells to the market. Ilo uses her loan to buy equipment to help her to do her work easier.
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.