A loan helped to pay for retail goods to stock up her shop and better provide for her customers.


Leiwia's story

Leiwia lives in an urban district located just 10 minutes drive to Port Vila city. Her community is very small, and the main industry is food. Although Covid-19 has impacted Vanuatu, it has been quite satisfactory for one to earn an income. Leiwia is 40 years of age and has three children of ages 19, 14, and 10. Her partner is a self-employed mechanic who is very supportive. She lives with her family in her own home.

Leiwia has requested a loan to help her purchase retail goods for her shop so she can better provide for her customers and increase her income. Her community has other shops, but as they are only open at certain hours, it is hard at times for customers to get what they want. Leiwia wants to provide for her valuable customers when others can't.

She also makes bracelets and earrings to sell as an extra income. With the earned revenue, she will pay for her children's school fees so that they can have a great education and earn a well-paid job in the future.

This is Leiwia's fifth loan with South Pacific Business Development (Vanuatu) Ltd. She has been devoted to her previous loan repayments. Through her loans, Leiwia feels empowered to strengthen her business so she can become a successful businesswoman in her community.


This loan is special because:

It provides women with credit in a country where alternative financing is extremely scarce.



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