For 5 years, Tepa has been fishing. She is married with 3 children, and her husband takes care of their pumpkin patch as she sells fish in the village. (She is pictured with the pumpkins). Sometimes, she takes the pumpkins to the fish market. Earlier, she received aid from SPBD that enabled her to buy fishing gear, fishing nylons, fishing floater and other materials necessary for fishing. She hopes to own another fishing boat soon.
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.