Poto is 77 years old and a widow, with four children.
She has a small business, Elei Printing. To earn extra income, she also has a second business, Ice Cakes.
Poto needs a loan to buy a chest freezer, foam cups, materials, paints, rollers, paint brushes, and Chinese lollies. She will use her profits to extend and improve her business.
Poto joined SPBD in 2013 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.