Mataniu is 42 years old and married with one child. She owns and operates a small store, selling a variety of items. She has been doing this for two years. Mataniu needs a loan to buy a new display fridge, snacks, frozen goods, canned food and sacks of onions and potatoes. She hopes to use her profits to pay for the renovation of her house and help pay for her children's education. She became a member of SPBD in 2014 to gain access to capital for 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.