Ake is a 43-year-old married woman with 9 children. She makes and sells banana chips and taro chips in her community to earn a living. She has many years of experience with this business. Ake needs a loan to buy goods and equipment for her business. She plans to use her profits to provide her family's daily needs. Ake has been a member of SPBD since 2008.
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.