Fonotele is twenty-nine years of age and is married with three children. Fonotele owns & operates a business venture, selling fried foods in the local community. She has 3 years of experience in this business.
Fonotele needs a loan of 1,500 WST to purchase raw ingredients needed to make products for sale. She plans to use the profit from her business (estimated to be 350 talas or US $146 per week) to pay for her children's tuition fees.
In 2009, Fonotele joined SPBD to gain access to financial services. Most of SPBD's clients are unable to borrow from commercial banks because they lack collateral. This is Fonotele's 2nd loan with SPBD.
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.