The Newark-headquartered SPBD Microfinance Community this month surpassed $200 million in “micro loans” disbursed to tens of hundreds of girls entrepreneurs within the South Pacific.
New Jersey native and SPBD founder/president Greg Casagrande stated, “Since our inception in 2000, SPBD has been on a journey to supply significant financial alternative to underprivileged girls micro-entrepreneurs. We put money into girls, empower their goals and ship impression.”
Loreta Umu is considered one of these micro-entrepreneurs. Umu is a retail store operator who additionally cooks and sells barbecue in entrance of her store in Savaii, Samoa. Umu was the recipient of a mortgage that put SPBD over the $200 million mark. SPBD has disbursed greater than 225,000 loans to some 85,000 girls micro-entrepreneurs.
Umu joined SPBD in 2012, and over time her success enabled her to entry SPBD’s bigger Small-Medium Enterprise (SME) financing, and at present she acquired her third SME mortgage. With SPBD help, Umu has “considerably improved” her housing and residing situations.
She recounts her journey: “I began out with promoting contemporary greens in entrance of our home, then offered selfmade ice pops and barbecue earlier than increasing my companies to incorporate my small store. I might not have been in a position to obtain a lot with out SPBD, as a result of it’s very onerous to get a mortgage from banks. I strongly imagine that SPBD introduced us as much as the place we are actually. My household and I used to reside in insufficient situations, and to enhance our residing house I used my mortgage. A lot has develop into attainable with SPBD. The profit has not solely been when it comes to finance but in addition issues like financial savings, monetary literacy, management and independence.”
SPBD operates in 5 nations — Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu — and employs a employees of 169. SPBD presently has 17 places of work and affords 16 services and products, together with credit score, financial savings, demise advantages, monetary schooling and enterprise abilities coaching to its members.
Casagrande additionally notes, “Whereas it took us 10 years to disburse the primary $10 million, at present SPBD disburses $10 million price of loans in lower than 5 months – subsequently our impression can be accelerating dramatically. I’m so happy that we simply surpassed $200 million in loans disbursed.”
SPBD plans to develop and convey its microfinance services and products to deserving girls throughout the South Pacific to help them to enhance the usual of residing for themselves and their households.