Vaimaila is 30 years old, and in an effort to support her family, she has started a small flea market stall. Here she sells nuts, fruits, vegetables and coconut tree fibers. Most of these items are grown or handmade by her and her husband. She hopes to expand the products that she can offer the customers in her village, and is thus seeking a loan to purchase additional materials for making handicrafts and growing vegetables. Vaimaila is passionate about becoming a small business owner and is putting all of her efforts into growing her flea market stall. She feels that this is the best way for her and her husband to raise the standard of living for her family.
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.