Pitovao is 45 years old and married with eight children. She runs a small canteen business in her community and has been doing this for five years. Pitovao has requested a loan to buy sandwiches, donuts, soft drinks, candy, potato chips, coffee, sugar, foam cups and a new cash register machine. She joined SPBD in 2010 to gain access to capital. With her earnings, Pitovao hopes to expand her business.
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.