Matalau is a 50-year-old woman, who has never married, with three children. She runs a business selling everyday goods in her community. She has three years of experience in this business. Matalau has requested a loan to buy bags of sugar, flour, and rice, a carton of corned beef, tins of fish and boxes of laundry powder. She plans to use her profits to extend her business and support her children's future education. She has been a member of SPBD since 2012.
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.