Mekaletioa is 29 years old and married with two children. She makes and sells elei printed material to earn a living and has been doing this for one year. Mekaletioa has requested a loan to buy fabric paint, material, brushes, stencils, wooden carved designs and rollers. She plans to use her profits to pay for her family's weekly expenses. She joined SPBD in 2014 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.