Taopaua is 72-years-old and a widow with eight children. She runs a small business selling barbecue in her community and has been doing this for four years. Taopaua has requested a loan to buy chicken legs, sausage, soy sauce, garlic, mutton flaps, salt and onions. She joined Kiva partner SPBD in 2009 to gain access to capital. With her earnings, Taopaua will extend her house.
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.