Lemalie V. is a 33-year-old woman from the village of Seesee, and is married with six children. She likes cooking Samoan food -- like taro, banana, yam and fish mixed with coconut cream -- in a Samoan oven. Her stall is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays. This income greatly assists in paying for her children's education and making her weekly repayments at the center's meeting. She is now ready for a second loan so she can increase her output of food and improve her income and continue to educate her children.
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.