Meki is a 34-year-old unwed mother of three children. She runs a small canteen in her community and has been doing this for three years. Meki has requested a loan to buy sandwiches, soft drinks, donuts, pies, twisties, coffee, sugar, a new boiler and foam cups. She joined SPBD in 2011 to gain access to capital. With her earnings, Meki will help out with her family's weekly expenses.
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.