Loimata is a 61-year-old married woman with six children. She runs a small business selling food at her canteen in her community and has been doing this for one year. Loimata has requested a loan to buy more chicken legs, taro, cooking oil, flour, onion, slats and a cooking pot. She joined SPBD in 2013 to gain access to capital. With her earnings, Loimata will use her profit to improve her business and also her family's living situation.
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.