Liua Isapela M., 35 years old, is from Faleu Manono and owns a banana plantation (pictured in the photo), even though it is quite unusual for a woman. For Liua, the banana plantation is an additional source of income, along fine mat making, handicraft production and other tasks traditionally carried out by women. The banana plantation provides income and a source of food for Liua's family. Even though getting a good plantation running requires hard work, it has been worth it for Liua. The SPBD assistance has already helped Liua develop her talent as an agriculturalist, and now she is asking for a loan of US$300 to purchase agricultural chemicals to increase the volume of banana harvest.
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.