Makalita is married to a farmer from the village of Siumu, quite far from town. He is unemployed and she was looking around for ways to earn money to support her children toher than depending on her husband’s farming skills to bring in food for the family. When she got word about SPBD Program and how it has managed to help women that were in the same situation, she decided to give it a try. She got a loan out of the program and invested it into their plantation giving her husband encouragement to work harder while she sells their products at the market. She delivers 2-3 bags of taro to the market once a week and she gets $250.00-$300.00. This money is being used to support her family witheir daily needs and her taro plantaion.
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.