Vaipanoa is 51 years old, married, and has five children. She would like to start a small sewing business. In order to do so, Vaipanoa needs a loan to buy a sewing machine, materials, needles, thread, and cleaning oil.
She hopes to use her profit to assist her family financially and save money for her children's education. She has been a member of SPBD since 2010.
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.