Pologa is a 47-year-old married woman with five children. She runs a business of selling lavalava (a traditional Polynesian cloth worn as a skirt by men and women) in her community. She has five years of experience with this business.
Pologa has requested a loan to buy design boards, materials, paint, sponges, paint brushes, etc.
She plans to use her profits to extend her business. 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.