Taupouga is a 60-year-old woman, who is unmarried and has five children. She runs a sewing business in her community. She has four years of experience with this business.
Taupouga has requested a loan to buy new a sewing machine, material, thread, needles, buttons, and a new pair of scissors. She plans to use her profits to pay for her family's weekly expenses. She joined SPBD in 2010, 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.