Meripa is a 44-year-old married woman with six children. She makes and sells ice-pops in her community to earn a living. She has two years of experience with this business. Meripa needs a loan to buy cordials, small plastic bags, sugar, a large cooler and a mini chest freezer. She plans to use her profits to pay for her family's weekly expenses. Meripa has been a member of SPBD since 2014.
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.