Salepou is a 39-year-old woman who is married with 6 children. She plans to start a small business: lawn mowing in her community. Salepou needs a loan to buy a weed eater machine and oil, string and petrol for the weed eater. She will use her profits to buy more weed eater machines. Salepou joined SPBD in 2013 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.